Deals, Deployments and Short News - July 22, 2008

By Allison Proffitt

July 22, 2008 | The Department of Defense (DoD) Force Health Protection & Readiness Program Office (FHP&R) has awarded Vangent a $23 million contract to manage and enhance FHP&R automated information systems. Vangent provides information management and strategic business process outsourcing solutions. Their four-year contract will support FHP&R systems integration, operations, and maintenance; and management and administration of Sensitive but Unclassified (SBU), Secret, and Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS SCI) networks. Vangent will also provide 24x7 help desk support for deployed DoD Medical Surveillance Systems and information assurance services including DOD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP). Vangent will serve as the prime contractor, with subcontractors Akimeka, LLC, DefenseWeb Technologies, Inc. and Seidcon, Inc. 

The LMI/Brookings team is soliciting nominations from the health care stakeholder community for highly qualified individuals to serve on the Board of Directors of the AHIC Successor organization. Ideal nominees would have subject matter expertise, be recognized as leaders in matters of health or health information technology, and have prior executive level experience. When completed, the Board should be seen as a diverse group broadly representing the health care community. We anticipate many more nominations than board seats, so it should be understood that not all nominees will be seated on the initial board. If you would like to nominate an individual to serve on the Board, please visit An overview of the Governance recommendations regarding the A2 Board and a summary of the nomination process are also available on this site.

INFINITT North America has introduced a Dental PACS solution that includes a viewing workstation, acquisition gateway and an image archive system. The system allows dental health professionals to acquire, transmit, display, store and share digital dental images electronically. The INFINITT web-based PACS acquires images from panoramic or cephalometric devices or intra-oral sensors and displays them on a DICOM PACS viewer. The system can be interfaced with a Hospital Information System (HIS) or Radiology Information System (RIS) and offers DICOM Modality Worklist, Modality Performed Procedure Step and Storage Commitment Service. It also conforms with ISO 3950 Tooth Code, an international standard for designating teeth, surfaces of the teeth, and areas of the oral cavity.

Nearly 100 Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) volunteer work group members gathered in Chicago last week to begin development of expanded certifications for the Commission’s 09 certification program and released new certification data.

  • Fifty-five percent of the 47 ambulatory products certified during the 2007 program year, which ended June 30, came from newly participating vendors indicating that EHR market competition from growing, innovating companies continues.
  • Of the companies certified in the 2006 program, almost all chose to maintain their product certification’s three-year term, with 24 percent bringing new products for an updated certification in 2007.
  • Fifty-seven percent of certified ambulatory vendors reported annual revenues under $10 million with 34 percent reporting annual revenues of less than $1 million. The remaining 43 percent reported annual revenues greater than $10 million.
  • Practice sizes of two to five physicians are served by the majority of 2007 certified ambulatory products, with 62 percent also serving solo physician offices.
  • Among certified inpatient EHR vendors, 62 percent had annual revenues of more than $100 million, while 23 percent reported annual revenues of less than $20 million. The remaining 15 percent reported annual revenues between $20 million and $100 million.

The Certification Commission is seeking senior executives working in health care to serve as Commissioners on the agency’s 21-member board. The board oversees certification criteria, developed by voluntary work groups, provides strategic direction and ensures the objectivity and credibility of the Certification Commission. The application period is open through July 31 for two-year terms that begin in October. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and their resumes to

Siemens Healthcare and NCR Corporation are collaborating to offer NCR MediKiosk solutions to the Siemens customer base in North America. NCR is a global leader in self-service solutions across multiple industries, including health care, where its products and services help enhance the patient experience. As an authorized NCR reseller, Siemens will now offer the NCR MediKiosk, a self-service check-in solution that allows patients to identify themselves upon arrival at the facility, view and confirm demographic and insurance information, electronically sign consent documents and make co-payments.

McKesson has acquired EN-Chart Scanning Program, LLC, a market-leading provider of computer-assisted facility coding and compliance solutions for emergency department (ED) visits. Based in Dandridge, Tenn., EN-Chart provides advanced coding and charge capture capabilities that enhance emergency department information systems (EDIS) and help to optimize revenue. EN-Chart solutions can be used stand-alone or integrated with existing hospital EDIS, including McKesson’s comprehensive Horizon Emergency Care emergency department solution.

LUMEDX Corporation introduces CardioPACS 5.0, the latest version of its cardiology PACS software. Multi-modality, web-enabled and vendor-neutral, CardioPACS 5.0 is a next generation PACS solution, offering new and better ways to manage images and data with a fully integrated suite of applications, modules and interfaces—all highly customizable to address unique workflow needs. With CardioPACS 5.0, physicians can view diagnostic-quality images in real-time from any network-connected PC in any location—the OR, the Cath lab, their own offices, remote outreach or mobile clinics. And CardioPACS 5.0 easily integrates with other systems (EMR, HIS, clinical or other PACS), supporting best-of-breed purchases, leveraging a facility's current investments and greatly streamlining the CV workflow. Moreover, CardioPACS supports organic growth because it can scale to small, medium or large hospitals as well as multi-facility health care systems.

MediNotes Corporation has adopted the Strangeloop AS1000 Application Scaling appliance to improve the performance of MediNotes Clinician, an award-winning .NET-based EHR, practice management (PM) and supply chain management (SCM) solution. Strangeloop Networks, a leading provider of solutions that accelerate dynamic web applications running on Microsoft’s ASP.NET framework, is the first IT company to make this unique technology accessible to the health care community.

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Mich., has signed a comprehensive agreement to deploy Eclipsys’ Sunrise Enterprise integrated suite of clinical and revenue cycle solutions. The broad-scale program, which includes extensive use of Eclipsys’ IT outsourcing services, will create an integrated technology platform to support patient safety and care outcomes through automation and enhanced information access. The Institute plans to implement Sunrise Clinical Manager and its integrated modules, including Sunrise Acute Care, Sunrise Pharmacy, and Knowledge-Based Medication Administration to provide a closed-loop medication process and to streamline the information workflows and care coordination among physicians, pharmacists and nurses. In combination, the new technologies will help to reduce the risk of communications delays, safeguard medication dispensing and optimize the time of physicians, nurses and pharmacists alike.

Opus Healthcare Solutions has introduced the latest version of its OpusLaboratorySuite, which includes remote reporting, allowing clinicians to view results on a smart phone or PDA via a cell phone network or hospital Wi-Fi connection. The OpusLaboratorySuite can be integrated with most major hospital information systems, and is available on an installed or ASP basis. Some of the new system’s features include rule-based reporting, quality control prompts and call management. It provides integrated data export to Microsoft Office as well. The modules include: OpusLab, Clinical Laboratory Workflow Management system; OpusMicro, Clinical Microbiology system; OpusAP, Anatomic Pathology system; and OpusMReport, Management Reporting system with data mining utility.

McKesson has announced the winners of its eighth annual VIP Award competition. The 2008 VIP Award program honors six healthcare organizations for their vision, innovation and results-driven performance in using McKesson and RelayHealth solutions and services to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of healthcare. The 2008 VIP Award winners are: Baptist Health Systems, Jackson, Miss.; Centra, Lynchburg, Va.; Healthcare Materials Management Services, London, Ontario; Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, Peoria, Ill.; Provincial Health Contact Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Providence Health & Services Washington/Montana, Renton, Wash.



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