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

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M&A, Financial Reports and Funding

Knowledge Anywhere, Labelle Strategic Resources and Talon IP Communications will merge to operate as Knowledge Anywhere and provide electronic learning software and services for EHR customization and integration…ImpactRx, a provider of health care analytics and research, has acquired AlphaDetail, a health care market research firm, for an undisclosed sum.

McKesson, a health care services and health IT provider, has acquired Katz Group Canada's independent banner and franchise businesses in an all-cash deal...Verisk Analytics, a provider of risk information, will acquire MediConnect Global, a provider of medical record digitization, retrieval and management services, for a net purchase price of $348.6 million.

ClearDATA, a cloud computing platform and services provider, has secured funding from Norwest Venture Partners and several other investors...Kinnser Software, a home health software company, has raised $40 million in series A funding from Insight Venture Partners, a private-equity firm.

Contracts

United Hospital System in Wisconsin and Illinois will deploy TeraMedica's medical image viewing platform...Asante Health System in Oregon has selected iSirona's device connectivity system...Duke University Health System in North Carolina will deploy M*Modal's cloud-based speech recognition technology...Highmark in Pennsylvania has selected Teladoc's telehealth services.

Maimonides Medical Center in New York has selected Amcom's time tracking system for medical residents...The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has selected Health Language's health care terminology management system...Sterling Health Services Administration in California has selected HealthExpense's automated medical expense management system...Data Media Associates, a print and mail outsourcing firm for medical offices, has selected Alpha II's medical claim-scrubbing software.

Product Development and Marketing

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, a provider of health care information systems and connectivity tools, has partnered with Nuance Communications, a provider of clinical understanding services, to resell Nuance Communications' speech recognition software to NextGen's ambulatory EHR clients...Callidus Software, a sales effectiveness and cloud computing services provider, has partnered with Certify Data Systems, a provider of health information exchange systems, to provide Certify's clients with Callidus' marketing tools...LivHOME, a provider of home care for seniors, has partnered with Independa to offer cloud-based social engagement and remote monitoring services.

Sermo, an online community for physicians, has partnered with Joslin Diabetes Center, a diabetes research and clinical care organization, to integrate Sermo's market research and crowdsourcing tools with Joslin's quality improvement resources...LogRhythm, a log management and security intelligence provider, has partnered with FairWarning, a provider of privacy breach detection technology, to provide privacy auditing and monitoring for EHRs…ClearDATA, a provider of health care cloud computing software and services, has partnered with MediQuant, a provider of advanced data life cycle management systems for health care organizations, to provide cloud-based application hosting and secure data storage systems.

Personnel

Wayne Somers -- former vice president of customer relations for Nighthawk Radiology Services -- has been named vice president of client relations at Advanced ICU Care, a provider of telehealth services...Luigi Leblanc -- director of technology and co-owner of Zane Networks, which assists organizations in adopting new technology -- and Deborah Meisner -- vice president of regulatory compliance strategy at Emdeon, a provider of revenue and payment management and clinical information exchange tools -- have been appointed to the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, a not-for-profit standards development organization and accrediting body.

Tim Davenport -- former president of Revolution Health, a digital health company -- has been named CEO of Sermo...Andrew Hurd -- former chairman and CEO of Carefx, a provider of health care interoperability and workflow systems -- has been named CEO and will serve on the board of directors of Epocrates, a physician platform for clinical content...Trent McCraken -- board member at Cumberland University -- has been named president and CEO of eMerge Health Solutions, a provider of health care workflow and documentation software...Ken Comée -- CEO of PowerReviews, a social commerce network -- has been named to the board of directors of CareCloud, a provider of cloud-based practice management, EHR and medical billing software and services.


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