Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of April 22, 2011

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M&A, Financial Reports and Funding

MRO, a provider of disclosure management applications and services for health care companies, has acquired the assets of information services provider Keystone Management Solutions, for an undisclosed amount…Susquehanna Growth Equity has acquired managed care information provider MediMedia Information Technologies, for an undisclosed amount…Awarepoint, a real-time hospital location systems provider, has acquired Patient Care Technology Systems, for an undisclosed sum.

Humedica -- a provider of software-as-a-service clinical business intelligence services -- has raised $20 million in an equity funding round.

Contracts

Germany has ordered electronic heath card terminals and desktops from SCM Microsystems...Northern Illinois Physicians for Connectivity has selected Sage Healthcare Division as a preferred EHR vendor...Ameri-Quipt, a supplier of home medical equipment, has selected a referral management system from Authentidate Holding...River Park Hospital in Tennessee has implemented digital pen and paper technology from Shareable Ink...the California Health Information Partnership and Services Organization has selected athenahealth and e-MDs as preferred EHR vendors...HHS has added more than $1.2 million to a contract with Lockheed Martin to examine how privacy consent tools could be incorporated into future criteria of the meaningful use program.

Nevada not-for-profit health care organization HealthInsight has selected Axolotl to develop a health information exchange infrastructure…Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in California and Bright Health Physicians, an affiliated medical group, have chosen Allscripts' ambulatory EHR and practice management systems...Methodist Hospital System in Texas has selected clinical data services from Rothman Healthcare…the Missouri Health IT Assistance Center has chosen SuccessEHS as a preferred EHR vendor…CMS has selected TurningPoint Global Solutions to provide data cleansing and enhancement services for Physician Compare website information.

Health Alliance Plan in Michigan has awarded a three-year contract to technology and pharmacy benefit management services provider SXC Health SolutionsTeamPraxis, a physician management services organization in Hawaii, has chosen Microsoft Amalga to augment its physician information network…Harrison Medical Center in Washington state has deployed an electronic information exchange system from GE HealthcareWayne Memorial Hospital in North Carolina has implemented a nurse call integration feature from EXTENSION…the Maryland Board of Public Works has renewed a $6.7 million contract with NextGen Healthcare Information Services to provide EHR technology for the state's prisons...the Central Illinois Health Information Exchange has selected Informatics Corporation of America as its health information exchange vendor of choice.

Product Development and Marketing

IT company ZirMed has partnered with EHR vendor e-MDs to provide e-MDs clients with end-to-end payment management capabilities from ZirMed.

Personnel

Practice Fusion, an EHR provider for small medical practices, has named Paul Willard -- formerly of Coupons.com -- vice president of marketing and Liz Meyerdirk -- former associate vice president of corporate strategy and business development for health care analytics software firm MedeAnalytics -- as senior director of business development…Phillip Suiter -- former president and CEO of Gordian Health Solutions, now Online Health, a subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee -- has been named president and CEO of digiChart, an EHR and practice management system provider for ob-gyn practices.

Kelley Malott -- former director of business development in the department of homeland security and biodefense at Vangent -- has been named vice president of federal systems at clinical documentation systems provider CliniComp…the Standards Development Organization Charter Organization has named John Quinn -- CTO of health IT standards group Health Level Seven International -- as chair and Margaret Weiker -- insurance subcommittee chair of electronic data interchange standards company ASC X12 -- as chair-elect.


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