No More Blues
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), Chicago, launches a new Web tool linking consumers with local BCBSA plans providing Medicare products in their communities. The PlanFinder tool allows consumers entering state and county information to learn which Blue Plan Medicare options are available in their area.
Cardinal Updates Scrub Tracker
Cardinal Health Inc., Dublin, Ohio, introduces its new version of Pyxis ScrubStation. The automated system, which electronically secures, tracks and distributes scrubs, features alerts via e-mail, pagers or other mobile devices to alert support personnel about supply chain issues such as stock-outs and overflowing return stations.
CareScience Has Standards
Philadelphia-based CareScience has made its Standards of Care available to all. Designed to help providers aggregate and manage clinical data elements required for public reporting, as well as create and manage organizational strategies for quality improvement, the new offering streamlines data entry, analysis review and submission processes, according to the company.
Be Mobile and Rugged
Combining a mobile phone, mobile computer/e-mail, imager and scanner into one centrally managed PDA-like device, Holtsville, N.Y.-headquartered Symbol Technologies, Inc. releases its Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA) mobile computing device. The pocket device weighs approximately 12 ounces.
ClearStory Systems — a Westborough, Mass.-headquartered digital asset management company — extends its support for Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM's WebSphere application server. The ClearStory Systems Enterprise Media Server acts as the foundation in the IBM environment, providing a J2EE and Web services offering to deploy, integrate and manage e-business applications with J2EE V1.4 compatibility, multiple deployment options and cross-platform support.
To support managed care companies' goals to boost revenues and operational efficiencies, Irvine, Calif.-headquartered Dynamic Healthcare Systems, Inc. expands its Voyager software suite with its Medicare health plan Enrollment Module. The Enrollment Module aims to automate and streamline the election process with a Web-deployed, rules-based workflow, providing health plans with a direct method to send election data to The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Compiling Confident Compliance
Armonk, N.Y.-headquartered IBM launches a new version of its Tivoli Access Manager E-business software. With version 6.0., IBM aims to automate auditing and reporting on financial and patient health records information. The centralized reporting and role-based access assignment capabilities are intended to improve security while supporting compliance with federal regulations such as Sarbanes Oxley.
Purchase-N.Y. headquartered Lenovo introduces two ThinkPad notebooks with dual-core processors. Designed around Intel Centrino Duo, the company has incorporated new features into its X60 and T60 series ThinkPads including embedded wireless wide area network antennas and security chips with integrated identity verification fingerprint readers. According to the company, the notebooks draw significantly less power, resulting in extended battery life up to 37 percent.
Private HIPAA Solution
Minneapolis-headquartered New Boundary Technologies, Inc. offers a new and expanding HIPAA Security Policy Library with its HIPAA Policy Commander product. The rules-based product automates organizational policies and ensures enterprise-wide compliance with those policies.
A New Lab Harvest
Carmel, Ind.-headquartered Orchard Software releases its Anatomic Pathology module. Integrated with the company's Harvest laboratory information system, the module provides direct access to cytology, pathology, and clinical laboratory results, says the company. Other features include customization of worksheet templates, rules-based decision support tools, and an image management tool.
Chicago-headquartered power protection equipment manufacturer Tripp Lite introduces the SMART1500LCD Digital UPS (uninterrupted power supply) System. With a server-capable UPS and a rotatable digital display, this system is designed to allow administrators to visually monitor power conditions and adjustments in real time.
Marlborough, Mass.-headquartered Workscape releases the OneForce/Compensation Planner 6.0 for enterprise compensation management. The on-demand product is designed to align rewards with employee performance and support the execution and ongoing management of multiple compensation elements — including base pay, bonus, and stock — enabling managers to view any employee's total pay history on a single screen.
Go On, Be Labeled Sensitive
In an effort to provide comfort and safety in short-term and outpatient patient identification wristbands, Cincinnati-based General Data introduces the Personal ID FoamWrap bracelet. Designed for infants and the elderly with sensitive skin, the bands are comprised of hypoallergenic, latex-free foam and a thermal label. The wristbands allow for high-resolution text, barcodes, and patient photos and are available in both a hook-and-loop closure and an adhesive closure.
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