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Vendor Notebook: Amerinet, Inc. signs new supplier agreement with Masimo

Amerinet, Inc., a national healthcare group purchasing organization, has signed a new supplier agreement with Masimo, the Irvine, Calif.-based developer of Rainbow Pulse CO-Oximetry, Rainbow Acoustic Monitoring and SET Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry systems. The company has also released an executive briefing, “Keeping the Reimbursement Train on Track,” which offers advice and best practices aimed at helping hospitals and other healthcare providers collect revenue. The briefing features Kelley Blair, vice president at Craneware Professional Services, and Linda Corley, corporate compliance officer for revenue cycle solutions at Dell Services.

IPC The Hospitalist Company, a national hospitalist group practice company, has announced an agreement with the University of California, San Francisco’s Division of Hospital Medicine and UCSF’s Center for Health Professions to develop a leadership training program for IPC’s physician managers.

HealthPlan Services, a Tampa, Fla.-based provider of  service and technology solutions to the insurance and managed care industries, has announced an agreement with Freelancers Union, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based national nonprofit organization for the nation’s independent workforce, to provide enrollment and billing services.

Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT II, Inc., based in Santa Ana, Calif., has entered into a $25 million secured revolving credit facility with the Bank of America’s National Association. The credit facility will be used for fund property acquisitions and other general corporate purposes. The company is seeking up to $3 billion in equity as a real estate investment trust, with a focus on medical office buildings and other healthcare-related facilities.

VHA, Inc., the Irving, Texas-based healthcare network, has announced a collaboration with McLean, Va.-based MicroStrategy to bring mobile access to its PriceLYNX price benchmarking service. In addition, the network has launched mobile access for its Leading Practices portal, which provides performance improvement resources, including Leading Practice Blueprints, to member hospitals.

Intuit has revamped its healthcare business by combining newly acquired Medfusion with its Quicken Health Group to create Intuit Health. The new company will be based in Cary, N.C.

CSI Financial Services of San Diego has announced a partnership with San Diego-based Sharp HealthCare that will allow CSI to make available below-market interest rate loans to patients at four Sharp hospitals: Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Sharp Coronado Hospital, Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital.

RoundTable Healthcare Partners, a Lake Forest, Ill.-based private equity firm focused exclusively on the healthcare industry, has established a platform business in the ophthalmology market. The company, Beaver-Visitec International, consists of ophthalmology products and assets recently acquired from BD and Medtronic, Inc.

Press Ganey Associates, Inc., of South Bend, Ind., has acquired the Quality Indicator Project division from the Maryland Hospital Association.

The Premier healthcare alliance has announced enhancements to its Supply Chain Advisor electronic contract catalog, allowing members to more easily identify environmentally preferred purchasing contracts through keyword searches that highlight compostable, organic, energy-efficient and recycled topics.

MedeAnalytics, an Emeryville, Calif.-based provider of healthcare performance management solutions, has announced that the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, based in West Orange, N.J., has selected the company’s Patient Access Intelligence solution to automate the health system’s entire patient access process.

Vangent, Inc., based in Arlington, Va., has been tapped to upgrade the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Health Information Systems and technology Architecture (VistA) to meet HIPAA electronic transaction standards, enabling streamlined third-party healthcare revenue and payments. The company will operate as a key subcontractor to the Engineering Services Network under a one-year VETS task order valued at $10.9 million if all options are exercised.

MedAssets, an Atlanta-based developer of spend management and revenue cycle management solutions, has announced that the Community Health Network of Indianapolis will implement the company’s revenue cycle management technology and services.

Patient Access Solutions, Inc., a Hauppauge, N.Y.-based developer of IT solutions for the healthcare, homecare and dental industries, has contracted with OHRL Children’s Services, Inc., to manage caregiver visits and additional services using PAS’ Mobipen digital pen application. The solution, based on PASHealth’s Mobipen digital pen technology, will pilot with 25 OHEL users and expand to more than 400 licensed users when fully implemented by the end of this year.

Highland Capital Management, a Dallas-based investment management firm, has announced that one of its portfolio companies, the Cornerstone Healthcare Group, has completed a merger with Solara Healthcare. Both are Dallas-based providers of long-term acute care hospital services.

The NoliWhite Group, a Brentwood, Tenn.-based developer of healthcare facilities, has launched Project Information Integration (PI2), a pilot project in which the company uses Apple iPads with a document access system from Nashville-based Lellyett & Rodgers to link craftsmen and supervisors on construction sites to virtual plan rooms. The project is being piloted in the construction of John D. Archibold Memorial Hospital’s North Tower in Thomasville, Ga.

eGistics, Inc., a Dallas-based developer of hosted information management solutions, and Peladon Software, a San Diego-based provider of complex document capture and data conversion software, have won a multi-year contract to jointly deliver an information management solution to a national healthcare services organization.

Medical Management Professionals (MMP), an Atlanta-based developer of billing and practice management services for radiologists and imaging centers, has been awarded an exclusive billing contract with Gulf Imaging Associates of Pasadena, Texas.

Wolters Kluwer Health, based in Philadelphia, has announced that East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in
Knoxville, Tenn., will deploy ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, to automate the creation, deployment and maintenance of order sets. In addition, the company has announced that Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City, Fla., has selected ProVation MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding. Also, the company has enhanced its Facts & Comparisons? eAnswers product with comparative efficacy content and the ability to include an unlimited number of parenteral drugs in each compatibility check.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has announced the launch of a new company, Horizon Healthcare Innovations, designed to “develop innovative collaboration models for the delivery and financing of high quality care in New Jersey.” The new company is expected to be operational in September.

Geonetric, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based developer of online solutions for the healthcare industry, has launched a new employee intranet for the Southern Regional Health System in Georgia. The company will also be building a new Web presence for Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, Wash.

Barnett Medical Services, a Hayward, Calif.-based provider of medical supplies and waste removal services, has announced the launch of the Independent Waste Transporters Association, a national network designed to allow independent medical waste transporters to compete more effectively in the market and share resources and advice. The IWTA has received the endorsement of MedClean Technologies, a Bethel, Conn.-based provider of on-site technology for the treatment and disposal of medical waste and the destruction of confidential documents and related media.

CommXTech, based in Fort Worth, Texas, has released Communication Station, an online system designed to help healthcare office administrators manage messages, maintain calendars, manage to-do lists and build contact lists.

RAM Technologies, Inc., a Fort Washington, Pa.-based developer of software solutions for the administration of health benefits, has announced that PrimeCare Medical, Inc., based in Harrisburg, Pa., has selected the HEALTHsuite enterprise healthcare software solution to manage the administration of their correctional healthcare business.

BIO-key International, Inc., a Wall, N.J.-based developer of finger-based biometric identification solutions, has unveiled a mobile biometric identification and authentication platform. The platform conforms to offerings from Oracle, IBM, Computer Associates and Evidian, among others.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado has opened its first retail store, in Littleton, Colo., giving members and consumers another means of learning about individual health insurance.

SRS, based in Montvale, N.J., is collaborating with Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Ingenix to expand the options available to help SRS’ clients optimize their financial, clinical and administrative operations. Through the collaboration, SRS now provides physician practcies with a Web-based practice management and scheduling system from Ingenix that is fully integrated with the company’s hybrid electronic medical record. The product will be co-branded as the SRS CareTracker, powered by Ingenix.

Aon eSolutions of Chicago and Mitchell SmartAdvisor Solutions of San Diego have established an exclusive partnership to deliver an end-to-end claims and medical bill review solution for the workers’ compensation industry.

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, based in Horsham, Pa., has announced an agreement with EyeHealth Northwest to deploy NextGen Ambulatory EHR and Practice Management solutions to 11 offices, 11 optical shops and two surgery centers in Oregon. The company has also announced an agreement with the American Medical Association to offer the NextGen Ambulatory EHR and Practice management solutions on a new AMA platform to member physicians.

The WebMD Health Corp., based in New York, has announced an educational collaboration with Sanford Health, headquartered in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Fargo, N.D., to develop online information and resources on children’s health, nutrition and fitness.

Aetna, based in Hartford, Conn., has announced an agreement with CVS Caremark of Woonsocket, R.I., on a 12-year contract to have CVS Caremark provide pharmacy benefit management services to Aetna’s customers and members. Through the agreement, Aetna will retain ownership of PBM and clinical program management, while CVS Caremark will apply its integrated pharmacy care delivery model to the administration of Aetna’s retail pharmacy network and management of pharmacy customer and member service functions.

Henry Schein Medical Systems, a Boardman, Ohio-based provider of practice management and electronic medical records systems, has announced the expansion of its Application Service Provider options, which are designed to address the need for diverse technology acquisition models demanded by today’s physician practices.

Alpha II, a provider of coding, compliance, claims editing and revenue analysis services with offices in Tallahassee, Fla., and Montgomery, Ala., has announced a new integration contract with Chicago-based Allscripts, in which Alpha II’s ClaimStaker software will be offered to Allscripts clients using MyWay, Tiger PM and Vision PM. Alpha II’s CodeWizard will also be integrated into the Allscripts MyWay application.

The Eclipsys Corporation of Atlanta has announced that South Nassau Community Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y., will be deploying the company’s Sunrise Enterprise suite of solutions.

The Axolotl Corporation of San Jose, Calif., has announced the availability of Elysium Express, a new solution designed to achieve Stage One connectivity requirements for meaningful use.

DSS, Inc., a Juno Beach, Fla.-based provider of software, integration, installation, project management, training, support and development of VistA and vxVistA, has announced the launch of vxVistA.org Second Generation.

Upp Technology, a Downers Grove, Ill.-based provider of emergency preparedness and response solutions, has announced that the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services will use the company’s IRMS 360Enterprise solution suite to manage the state’s supply tracking.

Surescripts, an Alexandria, Va.-based e-prescription network, has launched Medication History for Personal Health Records, a new service offered through Microsoft’s HealthVault platform that’s designed to allow consumers to request and receive records of dispensed medications from community pharmacies.

ITA Partners, based in Philadelphia, has launched eviti, a new platform that allows oncologists and insurers to access ITA’s oncology treatment library of nearly 1,000 treatment options covering all modalities for more than 120 cancer types. The service’s decision-support engine is designed to automatically align the prescription of treatment with each patient’s insurance plan at the point of prescribing.

Ingenix, an Eden Prairie, Minn.-based health information technology and services company. has announced plans to acquire Executive Health Resources, a Newtown Square, Pa.-based provider of medical necessity compliance and physician medical management solutions for hospitals.

MedAptus, a Boston-based developer of charge capture solutions, has released version 10.0 of its Intelligent Charge Capture solution suite, offering support for the company’s physician professional offering on Apple iPhone, iPad and Ipod Touch devices.

The Chartis Group, a Chicago-based healthcare management consulting firm, has released a whitepaper titled “Improving Performance and Building Capabilities During Turbulent Times.”

Capital BlueCross of Harrisburg, Pa., has launched MyCare Advisor, an online suite of tools designed to help people in understanding and comparing cost, quality and satisfaction among providers. The enhancement to existing tools also provides estimated cost information on 57 of the most common elective services at hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and imaging centers.

Connecture, Inc., an Atlanta-based provider of Web-based sales, service and process automation solutions for the health insurance industry, has announced a long-term investment in expanded distribution services across the health insurance industry.

GE and the Intel Corporation have announced a joint venture to create a new healthcare company focused on telehealth and independent living. The new company will be formed by combining assets of GE Healthcare’s Home Health division and Intel’s Digital Health Group and will be owned equally by both companies.

The Greater Georgia Life Insurance Company of Atlanta has launched Productivity Solutions, a new program that integrates healthcare programs with short-term disability programs for employer groups with 51 or more employees.

The Genworth Life Insurance Company of Richmond, Va., has been selected by the state of Kansas to provide long-term care insurance for the Kansas State Employee Health Benefits Plan.

Provade, a San Mateo, Calif.-based provider of vendor management system technology for workforce spend management, has announced the closure of a new round of venture funding. The $3 million in funding, led by the Asset Management Company and including Altos Ventures and Harbor Pacific Capital, will be used to solidify the company’s leadership position and expand sales and marketing initiatives.

Orion Sales Partners of Milwaukee has entered into a distribution agreement with GE Healthcare to promote the sale of GE’s Vivid Cardiovascular Ultrasound devices for clinicians in private practice, as well as the sale of GE’s Diagnostic Cardiology line of products, including EKG and stress testing devices, patient monitoring and holter monitoring devices, for the non-hospital market.

OB-10, an Atlanta-based provider of e-invoicing services, has launched an environmental program that recognizes corporate and supplier customers who are taking significant steps to positively impact the environment by eliminating paper from back-office accounts payable processes.

Lawson Software, based in St. Paul, Minn., has signed a contract with Fremont Area Medical Center in Nebraska to implement the Lawson Enterprise Exchange to help establish the hospital’s planned health information exchange platform. In addition, the company has announced that the Lakeview Health System in Stillwater, Minn., has selected several of the company’s solutions, including Lawson Enterprise Financial Management, Supply Chain Management, Contract Management and Budgeting and Planning.

Delta Systems of Kansas City, Mo., has announced that the St. Elizabeth Hospital Group in Belleville, Ill., has implemented the company’s XPO Plus revenue cycle and patient access solution.

McKesson has announced that Wisconsin’s Security Health Plan has licensed components of the company’s integrated suite of Total Coordinated Care solutions to centralize its medical management services. The regional HMO will implement CareEnhance Clinical Management, CareEnhance Disease Monitor and Clear Coverage and will expand its use of InterQual Criteria to help meet quality and cost management goals.

MedPlus, based in Madison, N.J., has announced a partnership with Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare to implement the company’s ChartMaxx electronic health record solution.

MEDecision, Inc., based in Wayne, Pa., has announced the availability of version 3.0 of its Alineo collaborative healthcare management platform. Enhancements include a behavioral health use module and new clinical criteria, among others.

The Connectyx Technologies Holding Group of Palm City, Fla., has launched the MedFlash Concierge Program, designed to help MedFlash members ensure that their health plan is thorough and accurate through a phone consultation with a healthcare professional.

DataGen, based in Albany, N.Y., has announced that the Maryland Hospital Association and two multi-state hospital systems, Catholic Health Initiatives of Denver and the Hospital Sisters Health System of Springfield, Ill., will purchase the company’s suite of healthcare data analytics and services.

Standard Register, based in Dayton, Ohio, is partnering with the Precision Dynamics Corporation of San Fernando, Calif., to cross-market each other’s wristbands and labels.

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