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April 30, 2008
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n GHN-Online and RMS Announce Alliance on RCM Solution

Dallas-based GHN-Online, a provider of real-time RCM solutions, and Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Revenue Management Solutions (RMS), a provider of medical payment and remittance systems, announced a strategic alliance to deliver a claims processing and remittance solution for healthcare banking.

According to both companies, the alliance will combine GHN-Online clean-claims technologies and predictive analytic tools with RMS' solutions for Explanation of Benefits (EOB) conversion, reconciliation, posting and contract management.

n Citizen McKesson Plucks Rosebud

San Francisco-based McKesson Corporation has acquired Rosebud Solutions LLC, a provider of software solutions to track and manage instruments, endoscopes and tissue implants for surgical services, as well as medical crash carts and mobile equipment.

According to the company, Rosebud's software helps central services/sterile processing departments and surgical services electronically manage, track and reduce waste for surgical trays and instruments that are used in several locations throughout the hospital. McKesson states that the solutions also help hospitals manage regulatory requirements for safe tissue and implant management.

McKesson adds, the acquisition expands its materials management solution with mobile medical equipment and tray management and tracking capabilities.

n Philips Buying CVIS Firm

Royal Philips Electronics (the Netherlands) is acquiring Tomcat Systems Ltd., a cardiovascular information systems supplier based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2008, at which time Tomcat will become part of Philips' Healthcare Informatics business group.

Tomcat's software looks to address both the clinical and operational needs of a cardiovascular service line by connecting with clinical information systems and PACS, providing scheduling, staff and resource management, cost capturing, and the generation of reports and statistical information.

n Dell and Kardia Team up on Echo

Dell (Round Rock, Texas) and Rochester, Minn.-based Kardia Health Systems, Inc. are teaming up to streamline the delivery and management of cardiology care through a combination of technologies.

The Kardia echocardiography information management system will be combined with Dell infrastructure and services to deliver a Web-based system.

According to the company, Dell designed a system to run the Kardia solution and will manage the implementation of the technology and selection of servers, storage and desktop computers based on the size of the cardiology practice. Dell will also provide help desk and maintenance support services for all technology.