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Vendor Notebook: Engineering Services Network wins $4.2M VistA contract

The Engineering Services Network, an Arlington, Va.-based developer of engineering and technology solutions, has won a $4.2 million VistA Financial Annual Enhancements contract to improve the way in which the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs tracks costs and manages claims and billing for its health system.

Benefitfocus, based in Charleston, S.C., has announced that the Watertown, Mass.-based Tufts Health Plan has expanded its use of the BENEFITFOCUS Platform, offering online billing to its large group, small group and individual customers.

Capario, a Santa Ana, Calif.-based provider of revenue cycle management solutions that connect healthcare providers and payers, has announced a partnership with Data Media Associates, a print and mail service that serves the medical community, to integrate DMA’s online management system with Capario’s products. The partnership is designed to offer Capario customers a more comprehensive revenue cycle management solution that extends to patient billing and payments.

Eight companies involved in the recycling, waste management and healthcare industries – Becton, Dickinson and Co., Cardinal Health, Engineered Plastics, DuPont, Hospira, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark and Waste Management, Inc. – have formed the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council, with the goal of increasing cost-effective plastics recycling solutions in the healthcare industry.

Management Health Solutions of Fairfield, Conn., has announced that Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, California’s largest pediatric hospital, has signed an agreement for AtPar supply chain technology, including MHS Mobile Software distribution management applications CartCount, Receive and Deliver and the MHS Mobile Supply Chain Software Warehouse Management Application Stock Issue.

Evolution Benefits of Avon, Conn., has announced a merger with Minneapolis-based Lighthouse1 to create what officials are calling the nation’s most comprehensive electronic payment, client server and cloud computing solutions for the administration of flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, health reimbursement accounts, VEBAs and Wellness and Transit Plans.

Career Management Source has unveiled an iPhone app for the company’s healthcare job search engine. Installed on any iPhone for free, the JobJobHealth app will enable anyone with an iPhone to search for newmedical jobs anywhere and at any time.

HealthGrades, a Denver-based provider of online services for patients researching and selecting physicians, has launched the HealthGrades Physician & Provider Portal, a web-based tool designed to help physicians and practice administrators manage their online reputations.

Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Mich.,will implement Sentri7, from Bellevue, Wash.-based Pharmacy OneSource, for clinical decision support, giving hospital staff access to lab results, medication records and patient demographics. In addition, the University of North Carolina Health Care has implemented Pharmacy OneSource’s Simplifi 797 quality assurance software to achieve sterile compounding compliance and Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin, Ky., has implemented the VeriForm checklist management system, which helps hospitals document and report on compliance and patient safety issues.

Iatric Systems, Inc., has announced that its Clinical Document Management Exchange 1.5.0 and Visual Flowsheet, version, 3.0, are 2011/2012 compliant and have been certified as EHR Modules by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

McKesson Provider Technologies, based in Atlanta, has announced that its Horizon Lab laboratory information system has received EHR modular certification through the Drummond Group’s ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program.

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Novation, an Irving, Texas-based healthcare supply contracting company serving members of VHA, the University HealthSystem Consortium and Provista, has awarded agreements for cardiovascular/interventional imaging equipment to Philips Medical Systems of Andover, Mass., Siemens

Medical Solutions of Malvern, Pa., GE Healthcare of Milwaukee and Toshiba America Medical Systems of Tustin, Calif. In addition, the company has awarded an agreement for audiology equipment to Otodynamics, Ltd., based in the United Kingdom.

eCareSoft of Austin, Texas, the U.S. affiliate of Mexico’s Expert Sistemas Computacionales, S.A. de C.V., has announced that Central Texas Hospital will connect its network of six hospitals in and around Cameron, Texas, with the company’s inpatient EHR and revenue cycle management technology.

Ernst & Young LLP of New York has announced that ISA Consulting LLC, a Philadelphia-based group that focuses on helping companies improve their effectiveness and efficiency through business performance management, business intelligence and data integration services, has joined the company.

BridgeHead Software, a Chicago-based provider of archiving, backup and storage management software for healthcare providers, has announced a strategic partnership with Laitek, Inc., a Birmingham, England-based developer of rapid data migration and storage services for PACS replacements.

incentaHEALTH, a Denver-based developer of online wellness programs targeted to weight reduction, has announced a partnership with Nelnet, a Lincoln, Neb.-based education planning and financing company with 2,200 employees. The program includes cash incentives to those who lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, online support tools and access to the company’s HEALTHspot kiosk.

Hospira, a Lake Forest, Ill.-based provider of clinical information and medication delivery solutions, has unveiled an enhanced TheraDoc clinical surveillance system, designed to help hospitals improve patient safety and prevent adverse effects such as healthcare-associated infections.

M*Modal, a Pittsburgh-based developer of speech understanding technology, has announced a partnership with WebChartMD, a Johnson City, Tenn.-based developer of clinical documentation software, to integrate M*Modal’s Speech Understanding technology into the WebChartMD platform.

HRsmart, Inc., a Richardson, Texas-based provider of online talent management solutions, was part of a 15-company delegation that recently travelled on a trade mission to Saudi Arabia.

The ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., has announced an agreement to provide a patient safety data collection and reporting system to the Child Health Patient Safety Organization.

The SCIOinspire Corporation, a Hartford, Conn.-based provider of cost-containment and quality-improvement solutions for healthcare payers and providers, has established a Board of Advisors, designed to help steer the company in its effort to align product and service offerings for the healthcare marketplace.

Geonetric, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based developer of online solutions for the healthcare industry, has joined the Iowa Lean Consortium.

IntelliCentrics, a Dallas-based provider of credentialing solutions like Reptrax and VendorClear, has acquired Status Blue, LLC, a Marietta, Ga.-based vendor compliance solution.

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