Deals, Deployments, and Short News

Jan. 8, 2008 | CalRHIO has announced that Cisco has agreed in principle to participate with its technology partners, Medicity and Perot Systems Corporation, in building the country's largest statewide health information exchange service. Cisco joins HP, which has also signed on to the collaborative effort.

InterSystems Corporation announced that Oleen, an InterSystems implementation partner, will provide the InterSystems CACHÉ-based SurgiDat system to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The leading database provider in health care, InterSystems develops and markets innovative database and integration software. Its product line includes the InterSystems CACHÉ high-performance object database. Oleen, based in Silver Springs, Md., is an IT consulting firm to the health care industry. SurgiDat Corporation, a part of Medical Systems Design (MSD) Pty., Ltd, with offices in Stamford, Conn., is an InterSystems application partner that specializes in software solutions for inventory automation in health care.

McKesson Corporation announced that it has signed a national agreement with Community Health Systems (CHS), one of the nation’s leading operators of general acute-care hospitals. Affiliates of CHS own or operate more than 125 hospitals in 28 states with a total of nearly 18,800 licensed beds. CHS will deploy McKesson’s physician portal, electronic medical records, and performance analytics tools across most facilities. CHS has selected McKesson to deploy clinical information systems in over 40 of its larger hospitals, reflecting the strength of McKesson’s Horizon Clinicals offering and the strategic relationship between the two organizations.

Outcome Sciences has created a Patient Management Tool (PMT) to support the MassHealth Hospital Pay-for-Performance (P4P) Measures initiative. In an effort to improve hospital quality in Massachusetts, MassHealth recently implemented Hospital P4P Measures that will improve the standard of care based on specific performance benchmarks. The measures of focus include obstetrics, neonatal, pediatric asthma care, surgical infection prevention, community acquired pneumonia, and health disparities.

RES-Q Health care Systems announced that Northridge Hospital Medical Center, a 425-bed hospital in Northridge, Calif., has adopted self-scheduling with the RES-Q Labor Resource Management system. Northridge has used the RES-Q system since 1999 to manage staffing and scheduling for 1,200 employees. The RES-Q software produces clinically sound, skill-matched and financially optimized staffing in efficient schedules. The optional Self-scheduling Module enables staff to view their department’s schedules and then select their own shifts or propose exchanging shifts with colleagues.

Emdeon Business Services has entered into an agreement with Tufts Health Plan to add its payment management services to their longstanding relationship. Tufts Health Plan has partnered with Emdeon for nearly 10 years for EDI services including claims, eligibility and benefits verification and other HIPAA-based transactions. Through this expanded partnership, Tufts Health Plan will roll out a full suite of payment and payment communication related solutions to its providers and members which will include print and mail services; electronic payments to providers and vendors that are supported through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA) used to reconcile and post receivables; as well as electronic Explanation of Benefits (eEOB) to plan members. Its members will benefit through an improved member-friendly EOB design with the option to go paperless by accessing a complete electronic version (eEOB) via the health plan's Web site. Additionally, through Emdeon’s postage cooperative, Healthpayers USA, the organization will streamline distribution of provider checks and Explanation of Payments (EOPs). Working closely with Tufts Health Plan, Emdeon will provide assistance in the areas of provider marketing, enrollment, and administration of the ePayment services with the objective of migrating providers and vendors to electronic payments.

Cohera Medical has expanded its executive management team with the appointment of Chad Coberly as vice president of clinical, regulatory and legal affairs. Coberly has more than 15 years of experience in the medical device industry, primarily in the areas of regulatory/clinical affairs, compliance, quality systems, intellectual property, business development, litigation, and general legal affairs. He brings experience from the law firm of Howard and Howard, the Surgical Group of the Stryker Corporation, and most recently Zassi Medical Evolutions where he served as the vice president of legal and regulatory affairs. 

Health care IT industry blog "HIStalk," and Gente Corporation, an online health care media publisher, have partnered to create a new employment resource exclusively for the health care IT industry. is an online career center dedicated strictly to health-IT professionals who are interested in new career opportunities, and employers who are searching for exceptionally qualified, professional candidates.  Health is packed with features for both health care IT job seekers and employers alike. Powered by Jobbex, the leading job board software and recruiting software solution, the site offers a simple, free registration process that allows users to access state-of-the-art job sourcing tools. Job seekers can search for new opportunities, post a resume, and set up job search agents that will email an automatic notification when a newly-posted position fits their pre-selected criteria. Health-IT professionals can also opt to receive a weekly job alert email, highlighting the very latest job postings available on the site. Employers can post new positions, monitor interest from job seekers, and review resumes sent in direct response to their job postings.

TEPR 2008 will explore emerging as well as traditional topics in EMR/EHR according to major categories of interest. TEPR (Towards the Electronic Patient Record), held on May 19, 2008 at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center, will offer attendees a newly designed and expanded conference that has grown beyond the EMR/EHR program that it established nearly 24 years ago. The 2008 program, developed by Medical Records Institute (MRI) CEO Peter Waegemann, will include twenty-two educational tracks and roughly 500 speakers addressing topics in 5 major categories: Hospitals, Payers, Physicians, Health-IT Professionals, and Web-based Consumer Patient Systems including Digital Health Companions. The opening session will be completely revamped along the theme "What will/should the next president do for Health-IT." Other highlights include Microsoft's James Mault, M.D. among the keynote speakers.

e-MDs announced record year-end numbers for 2007 for their electronic health records (EHRs) development and implementation business. The Austin-based company continues to uphold a longstanding track record of year-over-year growth in profitability, sales, and services. Benchmarks include 100% increase in 2007 Q-4 license sales from Q-4 2006; 50% increase in 2007 Q-4 total revenue from Q-4 2006, the best fiscal quarter in company history; and 43% increase in personnel in 2007 with a heavy focus on development, implementation and support.

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