Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of December 7, 2012

TOPIC ALERT:

M&A, Financial Reports and Funding

Physicians Interactive, a digital health care marketing firm, has acquired InfoMedics, a pharmaceutical marketing company, for an undisclosed sum...HealthcareSource, a provider of health care talent management software, has acquired NetLearning, a health care software provider, for an undisclosed sum...Constellation HomeBuilder Systems -- a subsidiary of Constellation Software, a provider of industry-specific software services -- has acquired Salar, a provider of electronic physician documentation and billing tools, for an undisclosed sum.

Claron Technology, a provider of clinical imaging systems, has secured an unspecified amount in a first round of mezzanine financing led by the Business Development Bank of Canada.

Contracts

SIRO Clinpharm, a clinical research organization, has selected Oracle's IT tools for clinical trial management...Children's Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group, a pediatric specialty group, has selected athenahealth's cloud-based medical billing system; Children's Hospital Central California will deploy athenahealth's cloud-based suite of EHR, practice management and care coordination systems...the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded a five-year, $11.6 million contract to Pantheon to redesign and expand AHRQ's website building tool for health care organizations...Parkview Medical Center in Colorado has selected Truven Health Analytics' clinical medication surveillance and management system...Meridian Health in New Jersey has selected ICA's health information exchange platform.

Ideal Life, a Canadian remote health services provider, has selected Orange Business Services to expand its remote monitoring services internationally...Indiana University Health has selected Healthcare Quality Catalyst's data warehouse system...NCGS, a contract research organization focusing on clinical development, has selected Merge Healthcare's clinical trial management system...the Department of Veterans Affairs will deploy GetWellNetwork's interactive patient care system in 21 VA medical centers...the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah has selected Wolters Kluwer Health's EHR and patient charting system...Marietta Memorial Hospital in Ohio has extended its IT outsourcing contract with CareTech Solutions, a health IT services provider.

Amerigroup, a nationwide managed care company, has selected McKesson's point-of-care management, coverage determination and network compliance platform...Hawaii Health Information Corporation, which operates a health information database for the state, has selected NextGate's patient indexing software and services...Martin's Point Health Care, a medical group and health plan administrator with centers in Maine and New Hampshire, has selected athenahealth's cloud-based EHR, practice management and care coordination systems...Loma Linda University Medical Center in California has selected MethodCare's predictive analytics and charge capture tools...Abington Health, a Pennsylvania-based health care organization, has selected Surgical Information Systems' perioperative information system.

Product Development and Marketing

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, a provider of health care information systems and connectivity tools, has partnered with Microsoft to create a consumer-based mobile personal medication records application...Under a new strategic alliance, users of Spring Medical Systems' EHR technology will be able to use Clinigence's business analytics tools to generate reports on clinical quality, patient outcomes and costs...Elbrys has announced a partnership to integrate its mobile connectivity technology with Mindbloom's interactive health applications...Sharecare, a health and wellness social media platform, has partnered with Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance, a trade group, to develop interactive initiatives that promote wireless and online health technologies.

Eliza has announced a partnership to offer Voxiva's interactive mobile diabetes management tool as part of Eliza's suite of health engagement management offerings...Catholic Health Initiatives, a health care system with facilities in several states, has announced a partnership with health IT services firm Encore Health Resources to leverage EHR-generated data to develop tools to manage patient populations, quality and costs...CPU Medical Management Systems, a medical billing services company, has entered into a partnership to provide its customers with electronic document exchange services from RISARC Consulting, a health care technology and revenue cycle management consulting firm...Elsevier has integrated its library of discharge instructions and patient education tools with MEDITECH's EHR system.

iHealth Labs, a designer of mobile health applications for Apple's iOS platform, has partnered with personal archiving software provider Evernote and doctor-patient community Practice Fusion to help consumers track their health information and share it with clinicians...CareFusion will integrate its medication delivery technology with Cerner's EHR system at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota...ArborMetrix, a clinical analytics provider, has partnered with CardioAccess, a systems integrator specializing in applications for heart disease, to develop and market a national registry for the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium...Intelligent Hospital Systems has announced a partnership to integrate its intravenous drug compounding technology with Cato Software Solutions' medication management system.

Ingram Micro has announced a strategic agreement to distribute Qualcomm Life's wireless gateway for biometric data; ActiveCare has announced an agreement to integrate its patient monitoring and predictive informatics technology with Qualcomm Life's wireless gateway for biometric data; Nonin Medical has announced an agreement to integrate its finger pulse oximetry tool with Qualcomm Life's wireless gateway for biometric data...DecisionOne has announced an agreement to provide hardware infrastructure and support services for customers of Vitera Healthcare Solutions, a provider of ambulatory EHR and practice management software and services...Origin Healthcare Solutions has announced a partnership to integrate iProcedures' anesthesia information management system with Origin's medical billing platform.

Personnel

Claudia Page -- co-founder of Social Interest Solutions, a not-for-profit organization focused on leveraging technology to help consumers access health and social services -- has announced that she will leave the organization in June 2013...Michael Szafron -- former global products sales manager at Tesco, a provider of oilfield technology and services -- has been named vice president of sales and marketing for NuPhysicia, a telemedicine provider...Marc Lautenbach -- former managing partner of IBM North America Global Business Services -- has been named president and CEO of Pitney Bowes, a provider of communications technologies and services for health care and other industries.

Christian Hartman -- founder and president of the American Society of Medication Safety Officers and assistant professor of medicine and nursing at the University of Massachusetts Medical School -- has been named director of clinical quality and patient safety for Pharmacy OneSource, a provider of health care software...Joe Lavelle -- who has worked in health care management consulting and IT for nearly 20 years -- has been named COO at Compressus, a medical software provider...Teri Lonergan -- former senior IT director at Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Google -- has been named CIO at HealthFitness, a provider of population health management systems.

Ken Mikesh -- former senior vice president of client development at MyHealthDIRECT, a health care scheduling exchange -- has been named senior vice president of strategy and business development at Jardogs, a provider of patient engagement and health management technology and services; Brenda Stewart -- who has worked in a leadership role Merge Healthcare at, a provider of medical imaging tools -- has been named senior vice president of marketing at Jardogs...Oleh Denysyk -- formerly a consultant for market research firm Pharmaceutical Intelligence -- has been named president of Healthcare Research and Analytics, a provider of analytics and market research services for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.


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