Ciscare announced today that their LARA Mobile product is compatible with Apple’s new iPhone. The company, which specializes in the application of mobile devices to streamline physician workflow, says that LARA Mobile’s browser-based technology allows physicians and other healthcare clinicians to use iPhones and LARA Mobile to access critical patient information within a healthcare facility. The LARA platform allows healthcare providers to focus on the efficient, safe, and timely management of patients by putting critical information literally at their fingertips in real-time. LARA Mobile exceeds HIPAA requirements and is the established leader in security for handheld systems.
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) announced support for H.R. 3140, the Saving Our Community Pharmacies Act of 2007, legislation introduced by Reps. Nancy Boyda (D-Kan.), Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), and a bipartisan coalition of 30 House members. The bill provides four modifications to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Medicaid generic prescription drug pharmacy reimbursement formula that will cause many community pharmacies to limit the amount of Medicaid services they provide, get out of the program entirely, or even go out of business.
Picis has entered an agreement to acquire LYNX Medical Systems of Bellevue, Wash., and has signed an agreement with Goldman, Sachs & Co. for a private placement comprised of convertible preferred stock and senior debt to assist in funding the acquisition. A portion of the proceeds from the Goldman Sachs financing will be allocated for the acquisition of LYNX, and the rest will be deployed to retire existing debt and provide additional working capital. Picis is a global provider of software that automates the high-acuity areas of hospitals.
MEDecision, a provider of software, services, and clinical content to health care organizations, has received a “Recognition of Excellence in Innovation Certificate” from the United States Department of Commerce. MEDecision has been granted the honor for its Patient Clinical Summary (PCS), an advanced electronic health record that compiles an individual’s current and historical medical data from doctors, labs, pharmacies and other sources and augments it with evidence-based medicine to create care plans and highlight treatment opportunities.
Merge Healthcare has introduced Merge Ortho, a digital workstation solution that helps orthopedic specialists save time and improve clinical effectiveness in orthopedic planning and diagnosis. Designed to replace the cost and complexities of using film, this solution’s advanced digital tools streamline workflow with image acquisition and manipulation, advanced measurement options, implant selection, automated template placement and manipulation, surgical planning tools, image archiving, and Web distribution. In addition Merge Ortho includes several data mining tools, including those for tracking and analyzing implant usage, pain thresholds, recovery rates, and outcome statistics.
Optimal Readings Services Group, a provider of optimization services for radiology, has acquired International Radiology Group (IRG) of Dallas, Texas, from AIM Holding Company. Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, the transaction includes all of International Radiology Group’s assets and businesses, including National Radiology Group, which has been providing remote radiology services for more than sixteen years. IRG’s radiologists will also be joining the Optimal Readings team. The acquisition of IRG adds 17 licensed radiologists and a centralized reading facility in Dallas servicing 33 additional states to Optimal Readings’ optimization resources.
Cirrus Health and TRUMPF have joined as strategic partners in providing the latest technology to support the delivery of high-quality patient care in each of their facilities located nationwide. Through the TRUMPF partnership, Cirrus Health is better able to develop and maintain facilities with the latest operating room technology.
URAC, the Washington, D.C.-based independent accreditor of health care management organizations, has announced the availability of its Pharmacy Benefit Management Accreditation program for health plans and standalone pharmacy benefit management organizations in the commercial market. The announcement is the culmination of more than a year of standards development and testing, engaging all major stakeholder groups and a field team of expert reviewers in the standards development and standards review process. Initial standards underwent a public review and comment period, then were field tested by a dozen pharmacy benefit management organizations, representing 52 percent of the current lives covered under pharmacy benefit management programs across the nation.
People on the move: athenahealth has announced that Jack Kane, formerly of IDX Systems and GE Healthcare, has been appointed to its board of directors. INSPIRIS has named Sarah White, RNP, as corporate vice president for clinical operations; White previously filled a similar role for INSPIRIS in Arizona. MEDecision has named Scott Paddock executive vice president, client solutions. Wayport announced that Colleen Colmenares, CIO, HCA Central and West Texas Division, has joined Wayport’s Healthcare Advisory Council.