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June 1, 2007
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3M Supports CDC Initiative

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has selected 3M Health Information Systems to provide data mapping and terminology consulting services in support of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) BioSense public health initiative.

SAIC is the prime contractor to the CDC on BioSense implementation.

According to St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M, it will standardize and integrate patient data being sent to CDC and BioSense from major healthcare providers, pharmacies, and clinical laboratories nationwide.

The CDC's BioSense program seeks to provide early detection of a possible bio-terrorism threat or naturally occurring disease outbreak, and supports public health officials and scientists in situational awareness and effective public-health response.

Texas Healthcare Integrates ROAM

Texas Healthcare Network (THN) Inc., a technology service provider to healthcare organizations, has selected AnyWare Group's Role Oriented Access Management (ROAM) remote access technology.

AnyWare Group, based in New Brunswick, Canada, is a provider of customer-driven access solutions.

According to AnyWare, the software enables hospital administrators and physicians to retrieve and exchange information including patient records, test results and x-rays. ROAM`s remote access and communications infrastructure includes an integrated desktop portal, SSL VPN security, and role-based identity management, says the company.

THN intends to integrate ROAM into its preexisting communications infrastructure.

Iowa Medical Society Inks athenahealth Deal

The Iowa Medical Society (IMS), West Des Moines, Iowa, and athenahealth Inc., Watertown, Mass., have teamed to offer athenahealth's clinical and revenue cycle management services to Iowa physicians at preferred pricing.

In addition to helping individual practices, athenahealth stated it will share state-specific claim data with IMS that will help the medical society to substantiate and resolve problems with payers on behalf of its members.

Among athenahealth's features are:

  • Proprietary payer knowledge, including a real-time database of payer rules and regulations.

  • The ability to prevent denials by writing rules specifically designed for each practice.

  • The ability to identify noncompliant payer behavior, including violation of prompt payment statutes.

  • The ability to compare financial performance of individual areas within a practice and to benchmark performance against other practices.

  • athenaclinicals — an electronic medical record service.

DR Systems Imaging Deals

San Diego-based DR Systems, makers of the Unity RIS/PACS, has signed five new contracts with healthcare facilities, totaling nearly $6.5 million.

According to DR Systems, the five new facilities contracts are with:

  • Arizona Medical Clinic (Peoria, Ariz.)

  • sSierra Vista Regional Medical Center (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)

  • Valley Radiology Consultants (Escondido and Poway, Calif.)

  • Excela Health (Greensburg, Pa.)

  • Downey Regional Medical Center (Downey, Calif.)

The largest contracts, all over $1 million, were with Excela Health, Downey Regional Medical Center, and Valley Radiology Consultants, says the company.

Cerner Launches Healthy Plan

Kansas City, Mo.-based Cerner Healthe recently launched a combined health plan ID and payment cards with an integrated line of credit for healthcare consumers.

According to Cerner, it selected Greenwood Village, Colo.-based First Data Healthcare Services to provide it with healthcare payment card processing services, and UMB Healthcare Services to serve as the financial custodian, supporting debit card access and HSA services.

The company contends Cerner Healthe plans to integrate this new technology with other employer groups that utilize the Healthe claims administration services.

Premier PET Taps GE

Premier PET Imaging of Jacksonville, an outpatient facility in Jacksonville Fla., recently installed GE's Discovery ST PET/CT.

According to Barrington, Ill.-based GE Healthcare, its Discovery ST PET/CT was designed to produce images for studies in oncology, neurology and cardiology. It also enables studies in advanced cardiac perfusion.

PET/CT cardiac studies performed at Premier PET Imaging can also be used to gather ejection fraction, wall motion and calcium scoring data, which sometimes requires two or three separate examinations with other modalities, explains GE.

St. Barnabas Hospital Activates Eclipsys

The St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, N.Y., has activated Atlanta-based Eclipsys' Sunrise Ambulatory Care in the pediatric divisions at all three of its ambulatory care centers.

According to Eclipsys, St. Barnabas Hospital's clinicians are using the solution to electronically document care and view patient information in an electronic medical record (EMR). St. Barnabas Hospital's clinicians now have access — from their home, office, clinics and other locations across the healthcare organization — to an overview of a patient's previous visits.

The hospital and its associated facilities serve 300,000 ambulatory patients each year.