Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of August 12, 2011

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M&A, Financial Reports and Funding

Aprima Medical Software, a vendor of physician software, has acquired Health Care Strategies, a revenue cycle management firm, for an undisclosed sum...Symphony Corporation, a global health IT services provider, has acquired JGI, a health care consulting and technology firm, for an undisclosed sum.

SCI Solutions -- a provider of access management, physician connectivity and revenue management software -- has formed a partnership with private-equity firm The Wicks Group of Companies and venture-capital firm New Enterprise Associates to secure funding for its health IT expansion.

Contracts

Iowa Health System has selected Medicity's health information exchange tool...the Government of Nova Scotia has awarded MAXIMUS' Canadian business unit DeltaWare Systems a contract to implement its drug information system...Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics of Kansas City, Mo., has selected Intelerad Medical Systems' interpretation, remote reading and results distribution workflow system...Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York will implement iSirona's device connectivity software.

The Veterans Health Administration has awarded a multiyear contract to Apelon, a provider of terminology and data interoperability systems...the Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network has selected ABILITY Network as its health information exchange provider…Maui Memorial Medical Center in Hawaii has renewed its contract for GroupOne Health Source's revenue cycle management system…HealthTech Holdings, an owner and manager of health care software companies, has selected Xactly's sale compensation management tool.

Coast Radiology Imaging & Intervention in California signed a contract renewal for Zotec Partners' medical billing services...the University of South Alabama Hospitals, St. Joseph's Healthcare System in New Jersey, Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania and Regional Medical Center in Tennessee have selected Siemens Healthcare's clinical efficacy and business intelligence tools...Schumacher Group -- an emergency medicine staffing and management company -- will use Healthagen's mobile hospital location platform.

Product Development and Marketing

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems has entered into an agreement to distribute MEDSEEK technology to ambulatory and inpatient organizations; NextGen also will collaborate with Dell to market and deliver IT systems and services to physician networks, and rural and community hospitals...MMRGlobal, a PHR provider, and MediSwipe, a provider of billing and security tools, have entered an agreement to offer PHR services to MediSwipe's clients.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Nuance Communications have signed a 10-year agreement to develop speech and clinical language understanding tools...MinuteClinic, the retail health care division of pharmacy company CVS Caremark, has entered into a partnership with health system Indiana University Health to integrate their EHR systems.

Personnel

Arien Malec has submitted his resignation as coordinator of the Direct Project and of the Standards and Interoperability Framework at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to return to the private sector; Jitin Asnaani -- initiative coordinator at ONC -- has been named coordinator of the S&I Framework and interim coordinator for the Direct Project...Daniel Ryan -- former executive vice president and general manager for network security at McAfee -- has been named CEO of health IT company RedBrick Health...Cory Douglas -- corporate controller and chief accounting officer for Medidata Solutions, a provider of clinical trial support software -- has been selected as the company's CFO following the resignation of Bruce Dalziel.

April Yoder -- director of the professional services division at Health Language, a medical terminology management company -- has been named vice president of the division...SCI Solutions -- a provider of health care-related online access management tools -- has named Joel French -- former vice president and general manager for health care at Motion Computing, a provider of mobile applications -- managing partner and CEO; John Holton -- the company's founder and former CEO -- as managing partner and COO; and Jeff Anderson -- former managing director for Huron Consulting Group -- as managing partner and chief sales officer.


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