Deals, Deployments, and Short News--Sept. 30, 2008


Sept. 30, 2008 | Sean Nolan, chief architect for Microsoft’s HealthVault, announced a tour of HealthVault updates on his Microsoft blog. “We had a bunch of our best designers rework the site's content, styling and navigation, and added editing and graphing capability for a set of core data types,” he says. “This stuff is really exciting to me because I believe it helps users answer the question, ‘How do I get started?’ And most importantly, the investments we've made in controls for viewing, editing, and graphing HealthVault data will ultimately make their way into our SDK (Software Development Kit) — reinforcing again our commitment to making it easier and easier for our partners to build great HealthVault applications.” He’s built a “HealthVault Nickel Tour” to show visitors around.

Health Level Seven (HL7), has announced election results for its Board of Directors. Robert Dolin, MD, of Semantically Yours, LLC, was selected to serve as the chair-elect in 2009 and as the chairman, 2010-2011. Four members were elected or re-elected to the HL7 Board of Directors for the 2009-2010 term: Secretary — Jill Kaufman, PhD, program director, Healthcare Standards, IBM; Director — Stanley Huff, MD, chief medical informatics officer, Intermountain Healthcare; Director — Donald Mon, PhD, vice president – Practice Leadership, American Health Information Management Association; and Affiliate Director — Catherine Chronaki, HL7 Greece Board of Directors.

Twenty-six hospitals and seven children’s hospitals have been named 2008 Top Hospitals, based on results of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The survey is the nation’s premier hospital patient safety evaluation tool and provides consumers and health care purchasers with up-to-date assessments of 1,220 participating hospitals’ quality and safety at its Web site, www.leapfroggroup.org. The voluntary survey provides the most complete picture of hospital quality and safety available in the U.S., and asks hospitals about their performance in four crucial areas, or “leaps”: prescription error prevention, performance on high-risk procedures, ICU staff qualifications, and safety practices and policies advocated by the National Quality Forum to reduce harm and errors, as well as other important patient safety areas. This year’s top hospitals are located in 10 states: Arizona, California, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington. Top pediatric hospitals are located in District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

BayCare Health System, Tampa, Fla., is using the Fujitsu PalmSecure palm vein authentication devices as a part of its patient registration and identification process. HT Systems’ PatientSecure integrates Fujitsu PalmSecure with Siemens Invision and Signature Hospital Information Systems, to provide comprehensive patient identification management software that provides BayCare with a highly accurate, non-intrusive verification method for effectively identifying patients. The combined solution helps protect patient privacy, safeguard Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), help to prevent medical identify theft and enables patients to receive care more efficiently.

Lighthouse1 has named two former Microsoft execs as CEO and CTO. Jeff Young was named President and CEO for the company and Todd Reynolds as the Chief Technology Officer. Young will be leaving an executive position with Microsoft Corporation, will be responsible for the overall leadership, strategic direction and business growth for Lighthouse1. Reynolds most recently acted as Principle Program Manager for Microsoft.  Lighthouse1 is a provider of consumer driven healthcare (CDH) software solutions.

Luminex Corporation and BD, through its BD Diagnostics-TriPath platform, have signed a development and supply agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, BD Diagnostics-TriPath will develop, market and sell new biomarker-based diagnostic tests for certain cancers using Luminex’s multiplexing xMAP Technology platform. BD develops technologies for cervical cancer screening, as well as innovative diagnostic products for the detection of cancer. The Company plans to expand its cancer diagnostic offerings to include a broad menu of new diagnostic tests for solid tumor cancers using Luminex’s xMAP Technology. Luminex’s xMAP Technology is a proprietary multiplexing platform that allows scientists to conduct multiple, simultaneous tests on one patient sample.

Royal Philips Electronics has signed a global licensing agreement with Microsoft Corp. to bring industrial grade speech recognition to Microsoft’s Amalga family of enterprise health care solutions. Microsoft will offer Philips SpeechMagic to customers using Microsoft Amalga Hospital Information System (Amalga HIS) and Amalga RIS/PACS, with the goal of helping health care providers generate accurate information and turn it into actionable information that is sharable, searchable and contributes to making clinical improvements. The agreement is another endorsement of the strength and quality of the award winning SpeechMagic platform.

Clarient and Definiens will develop and commercialize tools to help evaluate quantitative biomarkers that predict cancer treatment response. Definiens’ platform uses image analysis algorithms to analyze multi-dimensional image data, regardless of file type, complexity or size. The software can be used to automatically identify and quantify regions of interest within breast, prostate and colon cancer tissue samples. Clarient processes large numbers of tissue samples for both clinical decision-making and drug development. These tissue samples are converted into high-resolution digital images that are managed and analyzed using Clarient’s web-based customer portal, PATHSiTE. Definiens will integrate its image analysis tools into PATHSiTe, allowing Clarient to assess several intracellular processes simultaneously, quantify key markers and increase operational throughput.

HealthPort has acquired its closest competitor, ChartOne, officials announced on Monday, September 22, 2008. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. With this acquisition, HealthPort has combined revenues of more than $230 million and serves more than 8,000 health care facilities across the United States. The company’s headquarters will be located in Alpharetta, Georgia and will be led by HealthPort CEO Michael Labedz. Meanwhile, members of the ChartOne management team will work with leadership to continue business as usual while also ensuring a smooth transition for all of ChartOne’s employees and clients.

Satyam Computer Services Ltd., a global consulting and information technology services provider, is working with Oracle’s new Health Sciences Global Business Unit to provide leading clinical development applications. The solution, which Satyam is offering under the umbrella of “Clinical xPress,” will help pharmaceutical, biotech and contract research organizations (CROs) more effectively address their most pressing business challenges, such as cost containment, safety management and accelerated time to market. Satyam will be among the first to offer Oracle’s suite of clinical development and safety applications, including Oracle Remote Data Capture, Oracle Clinical, Oracle Adverse Event Reporting System, Oracle Thesaurus Management System and Oracle Life Sciences Data Hub. Clinical xPress will be offered to clients on a subscription-based pricing model, enabling Satyam to provide its customers with end-to-end solutions for clinical development in ways that are affordable and flexible, and which are tailored to each client’s unique budget.

Hypercom Corporation’s medCompact is the first health care terminal to receive e-Health BCS (Basic Command Set) approval from Gematik, the German health care organization. Starting next month, the device will be available in significant volumes as part of the introduction of the country’s new health card. Germany’s e-Health card program is one of the largest IT projects worldwide with a planned deployment of more than 80 million electronic health insurance cards. Hypercom’s medCompact is designed to process both the current German health insurance card (KVK) and the new electronic health care card (eGK). The terminal complies with the upcoming e-Health (SICCT) standard and can easily be connected to medical practitioner, hospital and pharmaceutical IT systems.

Enclarity has appointed Paul Perleberg as president and chief operating officer. Paul will be based out of Enclarity's Minneapolis, Minn. offices. Perleberg brings to Enclarity more than 20 years of experience in technology and health care. Previously, he was a senior executive with Fair Isaac Corporation, and served as managing director of international operations for Fair Isaac in the company's London office.

VMC, a division of Volt Information Sciences, Inc., has selected Pilgrim’s SmartSolve Solution to meet and manage quality management requirements more cost-effectively. Implementation of the Pilgrim solution will help VMC improve its quality management processes by streamlining audits, automating the Nonconformance and CAPA processes, and managing the training records of its employees.

Health care equipment manager TriMedx helped raise more than $40,000 for TriMedx Foundation medical mission trips through its third annual Mission on the Greens golf outing. Coordinating several medical mission trips each year to install retired medical equipment, the TriMedx Foundation was created to procure, install, and repair donated medical equipment for hospitals and clinics in third-world countries. To date, the organization has redeployed a total of over $650,000 in medical equipment since it was established in 2004 and has orchestrated 46 missions in 17 countries since its inception.

The University of Washington (UW) and Seattle Children’s Hospital have both deployed Microsoft Amalga. UW will use the system in a research protocol designed to provide clinical and translational researchers with faster and more complete access than they previously had to electronic data stored on disparate systems within the university. UW’s Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), http://www.iths.org, intends to use Microsoft Amalga to accelerate and improve translational research, which takes medical discoveries from the laboratory into the clinic and out into the community. Seattle Children’s Hospital has selected Microsoft Amalga as its data platform to provide clinical staff members with real-time, consolidated views of comprehensive patient information. Specifically, Amalga will provide researchers at Children’s with a single view of electronic data needed to identify trends and relevant patients for clinical trials, as well as enable its clinical staff to better manage hospital operations, such as anticipating a patient’s length of stay.

Emdeon has acquired GE Healthcare Information Technology’s patient statement business, a bulk printing and mailing services provider. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The acquired business currently serves more than 400 hospitals and physician groups, providing timely delivery of correspondence such as statements, invoices, claims and appointment reminders for patients. The acquisition strengthens Emdeon’s position as a preferred vendor partner for GE Healthcare’s IT business. GE Healthcare IT’s customers will have access to Emdeon’s leading suite of integrated print and electronic patient billing services, return mail management, eCashiering, lockbox services and other patient communications.

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