Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of July 30, 2010

M&A, Financial Reports and Funding

Cegedim Healthcare Software, a global technology services company, will acquire Pulse, a health care software provider, with a $13.5 million capital infusion...Private equity firm Vestar Capital Partners V is set to acquire HealthGrades, a health care ratings organization, for $294 million.

Contracts

St. John Providence Health System in Michigan has selected eClinicalWorks' EHR software for its employed and affiliated physicians...St. Clair Hospital in Pennsylvania has selected GE Healthcare's health information exchange system with the aid of Preferred Healthcare Informatics...Allergy and Asthma Associates of Northern California has selected ITelagen, an EHR provider, to host, support and manage EHRs at Allergy's care centers.

Gulf Coast Medical Center in Florida has selected Wolters Kluwer Health to document and code gastroenterology procedures...Indiana Orthopedic Hospital has selected data mining software from InVivoLink to collect operating room data...EyeHealth Northwest has selected NextGen Healthcare's ambulatory EHR and practice management software for its Oregon care centers.

Product Development and Marketing

Halfpenny Technologies will integrate HT Systems' PatientSecure patient identification system into its information exchange software...Best Buy's small-business service unit has partnered with Cardiac Science to increase technology use among physicians.

ITelagen has entered into a partnership with Medficiency, a health care consulting group, in an effort to encourage widespread adoption of EHRs in northeastern U.S. physician practices...Samsung Electronics America has partnered with TeleHealth Services to introduce LCD televisions designed with hospital-specific features.

IBM has partnered with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to offer non-UPMC hospitals the university's SmartRoom technology...Greenway Medical Technologies announced Tech Data will make Greenway's PrimeSuite product available to thousands of IT reseller customers nationwide.

SRS will integrate its physician documentation software with Ingenix's Web-based practice management and scheduling system...Health Language and AZZLY have strategically partnered to integrate Health Language's Language Engine into AZZLY's EHR software...Royal Philips Electronics and SpineMark have joined to bring health care IT software by Philips to SpineMark's spinal care facilities.

Personnel

Tom Ogg -- former corporate director and CTO of Michigan-based Oakwood Healthcare -- has been selected as CIO of Akron Children's Hospital in Ohio...Justin Neece -- who was a partner at the Viability Company, a health care consultancy -- has been named COO of Shared Health in Tennessee.


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