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Feb. 19, 2008 | MedPoint Communications announced the establishment of Qicme, LLC, a new subsidiary company focused on improving health care through quality improvement. Qicme services will combine evidence-based data, practice management theories, adult learning principles and quality improvement processes into programs that change the behavior of health care providers, reduce variability in delivery, and improve patient outcomes.

REACH Call is offering its turn-key telehealth service to the international health care industry. This secure service facilitates faster treatment for stroke patients in rural areas by enabling neurologists to remotely diagnose, evaluate and recommend treatment from anywhere in the world using a Web browser. REACH has tested its patent-pending service over the last few years with several key health care organizations. Today, REACH has nearly 50 hospitals in six states on contract.

Holy Infant Hospital of Hoven, South Dakota, has chosen Microsoft Dynamics GP as its enterprise resource planning solution after evaluating a range of other offerings. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a complete and scalable business management solution that helps growing and mid-sized organizations get up and running quickly, with robust financial and operational functionality, such as business intelligence, reporting, budgeting, and forecasting. Holy Infant’s previous technology had become outdated and was not able to provide reports nor detailed financial figures. The hospital evaluated Microsoft Dynamics GP along with software from Dairyland, Clarus, Computer Programs and Systems, and QuickBooks before selecting the Microsoft solution.

MIT researchers and colleagues have created a waterproof adhesive bandage inspired by gecko lizards that may soon join sutures and staples as a basic operating room tool for patching up surgical wounds or internal injuries. Drawing on some of the principles that make gecko paws unique, the surface of the bandage has the same kind of nanoscale hills and valleys that allow the lizards to cling to walls and ceilings. Layered over this landscape is a thin coating of glue that helps the bandage stick in wet environments, such as to heart, bladder or lung tissue. And because the bandage is biodegradable, it dissolves over time and does not have to be removed. The team is led by MIT Institute Professor Robert Langer and Jeff Karp, an instructor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Both are also faculty members at the Harvard- MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST). The work will be described in the Feb. 18 online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

PatientKeeper Physician Information System has been selected for use by Nashville-based Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). The PatientKeeper solution will provide physicians with a unified, physician-centric portal to view their patient information by connecting disparate health care information systems across the enterprise and making that information available via Web browsers and Smartphones. The system is designed to make it much easier and more efficient for physicians to access clinical information, to better support physicians’ daily workflows, and to dramatically extend the useful life of existing clinical systems.

Microsoft Corp. announced the Microsoft Amalga Family of Health Enterprise Systems. The Amalga product lineup is a portfolio of enterprise-class health information system solutions spanning clinical, operational and financial functions. The Amalga family of products will be demonstrated publicly for the first time at the health-IT industry’s largest conference, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2008, Feb. 24–28 in Orlando, Fla. The Amalga family of products includes the following: Microsoft Amalga, Microsoft Amalga Hospital Information System (HIS), and Microsoft Amalga RIS/PACS.

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology is launching a survey to help in the development of its Network certification program — the third phase of its federally-funded certification program expansion. The survey is designed to gauge the needs of health information exchange (HIE) groups that would apply for Network certification and assess the market readiness for the new certification program. Organizations that define themselves as health information exchanges, networks, regional health information organizations, or others organized to support the sharing of clinical patient information are invited to take the survey. Survey results will provide a snapshot of the stage of development of health information exchanges, the kind of data that is primarily exchanged, and the value certification would bring to the networks. The survey allows participants to submit comments and feedback directly to the Certification Commission. Results of the survey will be used by the Network Work Group to make recommendations to the Commission about the new program scheduled to be launched in late September. Additional opportunity to comment directly on the Network criteria and test scripts will be available in April. The survey is available at http://cchit.org/surveys/network until March 15.

Healthcare Technology Solutions has changed the name of its consulting services division to Noesis Health. The new name, which is synonymous with wisdom and knowledge, reflects an organizational change to separate the company’s health care software solutions from its consulting services business.

Providence Health & Services — Oregon Region (PH&S) has implemented Kryptiq Corporation’s Connect IQ Software Development Kit (SDK) to incorporate secure messaging into an overarching consumer portal for its network of hospitals and medical clinics. Kryptiq’s Connect IQ SDK enables PH&S to combine its internal development strengths with the benefits of Kryptiq’s secure messaging and online patient services. As a result, PH&S will extend its MyProvidence consumer portal with powerful functionality as well as complete control of the user experience at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a custom solution. Kryptiq’s Connect IQ SDK offers health care IT vendors, large provider groups, and Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) powerful development tools to advance eHealth capabilities and support corporate strategies. Kryptiq’s SDK is instrumental in allowing hospitals and medical groups to develop new capabilities for communicating with patients which maintain the look and feel of their own brand, while integrating with existing systems. This in turn grants consumers and physicians access to a single and secure platform to manage all their health care needs.

Misys has released its proprietary source code for the Misys Connect Healthcare solution to the open source community. Misys currently serves more than 110,000 physicians in 18,000 practice locations and over 600 home-care providers. Misys plans to release additional code and product roadmaps in the spring, and also plans to work with the open source community to attack the complex issues of systems interoperability.

 

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