Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of November 30, 2012

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M&A, Financial Reports and Funding

Pri-Med, a medical education provider, has acquired Amazing Charts, an EHR developer, for an undisclosed sum...HealthTap, a provider of online and mobile applications to connect physicians with consumers, has acquired the health business of Avvo, an online question and answer service that connects consumers with doctors and attorneys, for an undisclosed sum.

Hello Health, a provider of EHR and practice management systems, has secured $11.5 million in funding led by First Generation Capital and other investors...Ginger.io, a behavior monitoring and analytics provider, has raised $6.5 million in funding led by Khosla Ventures and other investors...iSonea, a provider of mobile health applications and other medical technology, has raised $4.04 million in a renounceable rights issue that was underwritten by Patersons Securities Limited.

Contracts

CHRISTUS Health, a health care system with locations in seven states, has selected Truven Health Analytics' clinical decision support tools...The Centre Hospitalier Côte de Lumière, a health care facility in in France, has selected Stanley Healthcare Solutions' real-time location system for its emergency department...Bosch Healthcare, a provider of telehealth services, has selected Swedish company Doro's mobile phones for seniors to expand its European telehealth network...WellCare Health Plans, a managed care provider for government-sponsored health care programs, has selected TriZetto Group's integrated care coordination technology.

MedCentral Health System, a health care system in Ohio, has selected Surgical Information Systems' perioperative system for anesthesia automation, perioperative analytics, patient tracking and integrated tissue tracking; St. Louis Children's Hospital and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in St. Louis also have selected SIS to automate patient scheduling and documentation in their perioperative departments...The Department of Veterans Affairs has selected Hewlett-Packard to provide software and support services for the department's VistA EHR system...NIH has selected Northrop Grumman's IT, bioinformatics and data analysis services...The Department of Defense has selected Acuo Technologies' patient image archiving system...Centegra Health System in Illinois has selected Dell's cloud-based clinical image archiving system.

Huntington Memorial Hospital in California has selected Merge Healthcare's picture archiving and communication system, as well as Merge's clinical integration platform...Sharp HealthCare, a medical system in California, has selected 3M's medical records coding, clinical documentation improvement and performance monitoring tools...HeartPlace, a cardiology practice in Texas, has selected Emerge Clinical Decision Solutions' clinical decision support tools...Intermountain Healthcare in Utah has awarded Siemens Healthcare and Dell an $11.7 million contract to provide cloud-based diagnostic image archiving and sharing services; Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in California also has selected cloud-based medical image archiving and sharing services from Siemens and Dell.

HHS has awarded SRA International a contract that could be worth more than $92 million over five years to provide support services for CMS' Health Care Integrated General Ledger Accounting System...Sand Lake Imaging, a multi-location radiology practice in Florida, has selected CoActiv's full suite of medical imaging tools…Lakeland Healthcare Group in Illinois; Advanced Diagnostic Radiology in Maryland; The Washington Hospital in Pennsylvania; Abercrombie Radiological Consultants in Tennessee; Brazosport Memorial Hospital and Midland Memorial Hospital in Texas; and Reston Radiology Consultants in Virginia have selected M*Modal's work flow and clinical documentation platform.

Valley Medical Group, a multi-specialty medical provider in Massachusetts, has selected eRAD's Web-based medical imaging and speech recognition system...the Colorado Telehealth Network, a statewide broadband health care network, has selected GNAX Health's cloud-based medical image archiving and sharing system...the New England Telehealth Consortium, a three-state partnership of more than 400 health care facilities, has awarded FairPoint Communications a four-year contract worth more than $16 million to provide broadband support services...Apollo Medical Holdings, an integrated medical care and management services provider in California, has selected Unlimited Innovations' cloud-based clinical decision support and population management tools.

Stormont-Vail Healthcare, an acute care hospital in Kansas, will deploy Hyland Software's content management system in its ambulatory department...Mercy Medical Center in Iowa has selected iSirona's medical device connectivity software...Adventist Health System, a nationwide health care organization, has selected technology from Cerner and Sensage to audit clinician access to confidential patient data...St. Joseph Health System, a seven-location health care provider in Texas, has selected GroupOne Health Source's medical billing services for EHR systems...Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut has selected software from Mediware Information Systems to support the use of stem cells in patient care...Meridian Health, a health care organization in New Jersey, has selected Practice Fusion's EHR system.

Product Development and Marketing

DR Systems has announced a partnership to integrate its clinical imaging and information management systems with Mach7 Technologies' clinical image management tools...Compressus has announced a partnership to integrate its health care interoperability and work flow tools with M*Modal's clinical transcription and documentation services...McKesson, a health IT provider, has announced a partnership to combine its automated bundled payment system with Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute's health care payment model...Vivacity, a provider of personal and employee wellness management tools, has partnered with Mindbloom, an interactive media developer, to offer a series of multi-platform mobile health applications.

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, a provider of health care information and connectivity tools, has partnered with Microsoft to offer a mobile health application for accessing personal medication records; NextGen Healthcare Information Systems also has partnered with Aviacode -- a provider of medical coding services -- to offer cloud-based medical coding services to NextGen clients...Physicians Interactive, a provider of online and mobile clinical tools and services for health care professionals, has partnered with McKesson Patient Relationship Solutions -- a provider of pharmaceutical manufacturer-sponsored patient adherence programs -- to offer an automated pharmaceutical voucher and coupon distribution tool for EHR and electronic prescribing software users.

Merge Healthcare, a clinical systems provider, has partnered with electronic prescribing network Surescripts to help health care organizations exchange medical imaging reports through EHR systems on the Surescripts network...The Michigan Health Information Network has announced an agreement with HIPAAT International in which HIPAAT will provide its consent management and auditing software services through MiHIN's service-oriented architecture...Samsung Telecommunications has announced a partnership to provide mobile phones for Preventice's remote patient monitoring system.

Personnel

Ralph Catalano -- former vice president of client development at athenahealth, a provider of cloud-based practice management and EHR software and services -- has been named vice president of operations at CareCloud, a provider of practice management, EHR, revenue cycle management and medical billing software...Gino Tenace -- former president, COO and CEO of Northeast Florida Accountable Care -- has been named chief strategy officer at MedSolutions, a medical cost management services company...Paul Rudisill -- founder of the Healthcare Intellect Group, which helps small health care companies expand globally -- has been named chief business development officer at Quture, a health care analytics company.

Larry Bell -- former proprietary trader at Deutsche Bank and director of Newedge Securities -- has been named director of business development at Cybergistics, an information management company that specializes in health IT issues...Deborah Alderson -- former executive vice president for strategic development at SRA International, a security, cybersecurity and health IT contractor -- has been named executive vice president and COO at SRA; Timothy Atkin -- former COO at SRA -- has been named chief administrative officer and chief of staff at SRA...Doug Burgum -- co-founder and chair of Arthur Ventures, a venture capital firm that focuses on early-stage software companies specializing in health care -- has been appointed to the board of directors at Preventice, a developer of mobile health and remote monitoring systems.

Lois Drapin -- who has served as a strategic adviser for Happtique, a platform for certifying and prescribing mobile health apps -- has been named chief verticals officer of the company; Tammy Lewis -- former chief marketing officer at Skanz, a QR-coded social network -- has been named chief marketing and strategy officer at Happtique...William Bria -- president of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems and former chief medical informatics officer at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Florida -- has been named chief medical officer at Dataskill, a provider of systems integration and clinical decision support tools.

simran kim
Nice article.
Paula Blasi
This article has been corrected to indicate that HealthTap is acquiring only the health business of Avvo. Avvo will continue to offer its legal services. -- The Editors

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