Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of March 23, 2012

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M&A, Financial Reports and Funding

MD On-Line, a provider of electronic health care applications, has acquired MD Technologies, a health IT provider, for an undisclosed sum...Mediware Information Systems, a provider of health care technology tools, will acquire the assets associated with Cobbler ICT Services BV's chemotherapy management software system for an expected $2.2 million.

ActiveCare, a telehealth services provider, has acquired 4G Biometrics, a vendor of diabetes management tools, for an undisclosed sum...On Assignment, a staffing services provider for the health care and life sciences industries, will acquire Apex Systems, an IT staffing and recruiting firm, in a cash and stocks deal valued at $600 million.

Authentidate, a provider of Web-based software applications and telehealth products and services, has completed a $4 million secured loan financing with contributions from several investors.

Contracts

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has awarded CSC a five-year, $297 million base contract to replace the state's Medicaid Management Information System and provide fiscal agent services...Memorial Hospital & Health System in Indiana and CoxHealth in Missouri have selected FairWarning's privacy breach detection software and other health care applications...ACS, a Xerox company, has taken over management of the claims processing system for Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program.

The Dean McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma will deploy ifa united i-tech's EHR system...the University of California-San Diego Health System has selected Lauren Innovations' operations and emergency management system...Mission Hospital in North Carolina will deploy TeleHealth Services' interactive patient education system...Ventura County in California will implement The TriZetto Group's data reporting software and services...OrthopaediCare, an orthopedic medical practice in Pennsylvania, has selected GroupOne Health Source to implement eClinicalWorks' EHR system.

Product Development and Marketing

Merge Healthcare, a provider of electronic imaging and interoperability systems, has partnered with AG Mednet, a provider of image collection platforms, to provide tools to manage imaging clinical trials...Liaison Technologies, a provider of cloud-based integration and data management services, has partnered with Preventice, a developer of mobile health applications and remote monitoring systems, to assist health care providers with patient data collection and cloud-based data transmission services...Software provider SA Ignite and medical informatics firm iPatientCare are partnering to provide iPatientCare's clients with meaningful use-related documentation, reporting and attestation services.

Telcare, a chronic disease management technology developer, and Independa, a developer of mobile health products, are collaborating to provide glucose monitoring services to seniors...Boston Scientific, a medical device maker, has partnered with Vodafone Global Enterprise, a telecommunications firm, to add mobile capabilities to its cardiac monitoring devices...ZoomMed, a health care application developer, has partnered with Insurance Data Services, a medical billing services provider, to generate, aggregate and transmit electronic prescriptions to pharmacies.

TELUS Health Solutions -- a provider of telemedicine, EHR, remote monitoring and other health IT systems -- has partnered with HIPAAT, a consent management and privacy auditing services provider, to implement patient-centered privacy services for health information exchanges...Health  IT provider McKesson has partnered with health insurer Aetna  and California's Hoag Orthopedic Institute to implement the not-for-profit Integrated HealthCare Association's bundled payment system...Health Care DataWorks, a provider of business intelligence and enhanced analytics and reporting tools, has partnered with Health Language, a provider of health care terminology software, to map health data to standard code sets.

Personnel

Laura Landry -- interim CEO of Cal eConnect, which oversees health information exchange in California -- has been named CEO of the not-for-profit organization; Ted Kremer recently withdrew as the organization's incoming CEO...Valerio Aimale -- former senior scientist at Qforma, a health care data analytics and predictive modeling provider -- has been named chief of advanced projects of the company; William Howard -- former director of Qforma's client services division -- has been named vice president of new product development at the company; Delphina Perkins -- former sales and market research associate at pharmaceutical firms Merck and Genentech -- has been named director of client services at Qforma.

Sunil Hazaray -- former CEO of Viterion TeleHealthcare, a provider of home care technology -- has been named Chief Commercial Officer of Authentidate, a provider of Web-based software applications and telehealth products...Donald Casey -- CEO of West Wireless Health Institute, a not-for-profit research organization focused on wireless health care technologies -- recently announced his resignation...David Dantzker -- a general partner at Wheatley Partners and former chair of pulmonary disease for the American Board of Internal Medicine -- has been named to the board of directors at iSonea, a developer of medical technology and mobile health applications.

Paula Blasi
This article has been corrected to indicate that Xerox recently announced that its ACS unit has assumed operational responsibility for Medi-Cal's claims processing system. The previously reported news -- that Medi-Cal awarded the 10-year, $1.6 billion contract to ACS -- occurred in 2010. -- The Editors.

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