Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of January 21, 2011

TOPIC ALERT:

M&A, Financial Reports and Funding

PureSafety, a provider of workplace health and medical case management software, has acquired Occupational Health Research for an undisclosed sum…Intermec Technologies, a software and hand-held computing devices vendor, has acquired Vocollect, a voice communications systems vendor for skilled nursing facilities, in a transaction valued at $190 million...Telemis, a medical imaging software provider, has acquired Micromedica, an Italian PACS vendor, for an undisclosed sum.

ZoomMed, a provider of wireless prescription services for physicians, will acquire the total equity of Praxis Sante, a supplier of IT applications for community pharmacies...Ingenix, a health care information management company, will sell its i3 clinical trial support operations to clinical research organization inVentiv Health for an undisclosed sum.

Contracts

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has selected Accenture for a two-year contract to aid in the identification of standards and specifications that can improve data exchange throughout the U.S. health care system…Virginia-based Inova Health System has chosen interoperability and analytics technology from Oracle Health Sciences…Kansas health care provider Via Christi Health will expand consulting and revenue cycle services from MedAssetsOverlake Hospital Medical Center in Washington state has chosen health information exchange services from Medicity...Summit Medical Group, a multispecialty medical group in New Jersey, has chosen management cycle management services from athenahealth…the Colorado Regional Extension Center has selected an EHR system from Aprima.

U.S. Information Systems Engineering Command has awarded a $10.6 million, one-year contract to Harris Corporation to upgrade communications and IT networks at Army medical treatment facilities…the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has chosen a Medicaid EHR system from CGI Group…international pharmaceutical company ProStrakan Group has chosen RelayHealth Pharmacy Solutions to provide connectivity services and McKesson Specialty Care Solutions to administer its risk evaluation program…the National Marrow Donor Program has selected a clinical data repository system from Velos...the Healthcare Information Xchange of New York has completed implementation of a health information exchange platform from InterSystems...Alabama-based Cooper Green Mercy Hospital has selected EHR and clinical transformation services from Medsphere Systems.

Product Development and Marketing

GCI ConnectMD -- a provider of telehealth connectivity and services throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska -- has partnered with Seattle-based Swedish Medical Center's Mobile Mammography Program…patient support group Mended Hearts has partnered with pharmaceutical companies Daiichi Sankyo and Eli Lilly to launch an online resource for acute coronary syndrome patients and caregivers…health social network MedHelp has partnered with GE to create a mobile application that helps users track exercise and calories…Wolters Kluwer Health, a drug information products and services provider, has joined Chinese drug information provider Medicom to deliver clinical decision support to physicians in China...Paul Chester Children's Hope Foundation is partnering with telemedicine company Guardian 24/7 to boost health care access for patients in Kenya.

Personnel

Richard Campanelli -- director of government relations for health and human services at Lockheed Martin -- has been appointed to the Certification Commission for Health IT's board of trustees…John Kelly -- former senior executive with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in New England -- has been named CIO of NaviNet, a real-time health care communications network…Lori Evans Bernstein -- former CEO of a division at Aetna-owned ActiveHealth Management -- has been named president of health IT company GSI Health.

The Indiana Health Information Exchange has named Eric Miller -- former senior director of IT at national health care system Ascension Health -- as vice president of IT and Patricia Ping -- former information security officer for Wishard Health Services in Indiana -- as information security officer...the not-for-profit National eHealth Collaborative has named seven new board members...Glenn Bilawsky -- CEO of the i3 business at Ingenix -- will lead the business unit at inVentiv Health; Lee Valenta, COO of Ingenix, has been named president of the company's Ingenix Life Sciences division.


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