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A New Image in Digital-Ultrasound

The new ImagePoint Hx multispecialty digital-ultrasound system is designed to meet the imaging needs of hospitals, clinics, mobile services and medical offices. It features harmonic-imaging capabilities for enhanced image quality in cardiac, abdominal and obstetrical studies. In 2-D mode, the system uses the second harmonic signal to enhance tissue detail, using HP's exclusive ultraband transducer technology and digital beamformer. It also features a leading stress echo option for fast, protocol-driven acquisition of stress images to help clinicians assess the severity of coronary artery disease and myocardial viability. Stress protocols are integrated into the ImagePoint interface for rapid image acquisition and display within the limited post-stress interval. Additional features include triplex imaging, which allows clinicians to simultaneously track tissue movement and blood flow in 2-D, color flow and Doppler.-Hewlett-Packard

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Moving Computer Systems Just Got Easier

The Ergotron WorkStand, a modular work center for flat panel monitors, keyboards or laptops, integrates technology and convenience to

allow the user to easily move an entire computer system from one room to another. It adjusts without the use of levers or stops, to a sitting or standing height while still providing an ergonomically correct work environment. Its patented ARMS (Adjustable Rotating Mounting Solutions) technology counterbalances the weight on the ARMS, allowing easy movement while rigidly remaining where positioned. The 5-legged base is weighted for added stability and the high durability, four-inch diameter casters provide smooth reliable travel over carpet and thresholds.-Ergotron[R]

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Year 2000 Readiness Program for Small Healthcare Facilities

A Year 2000 readiness program, the Y2K Project Manager, provides Year 2000 assistance for physician practices, long-term care facilities, clinics and acute care hospitals licensed for less than 100 beds. Designed specifically for the smaller healthcare organization, this product consists of application software and a process guide that prepares an organization for a facility-wide assessment of Y2K readiness and assists in identifying the associated healthcare risks. The program's step by step approach guides the user in the identification and inventory gathering of possible date-effected assets, matches the inventory against an extensive repository of Y2K information, and generates a report to help assess the facility's risk. The information may be used to help prioritize items for remediation, upgrade or replacement.-Keane, Inc. and VHA

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Controlled Entry Products Thwarts Unauthorized Entry

Two new controlled address products can be installed anywhere that controlled entry is desired. In the hospital, access to drugs, patient records, an infant nursery, or where there is a risk with bio-hazardous material, can be monitored. TouchAlert tracks each authorized entry by recording the ID number of the key holder, the access type, and the data and time access was made. When unauthorized entry is attempted, it emits a local alarm, alerting everyone in the surrounding area. An LED then flashes rapidly, indicating that unauthorized access was attempted. TouchAccess provides all of the same capabilities, plus incorporates a mechanical lock and is programmable with user-defined access times, allowing professionals to establish at what times and on which days an authorized key holder has access.-Videx[R]

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Online Home Healthcare Policies and Procedures

A full set of generically written policies and procedures for home healthcare including hospice is available On-Line. This is a truly paperless method of storing, viewing, and utilizing policies and procedures necessary for any home healthcare or hospice organization. Categorized by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations' major functions, these policies have been utilized and have passed JCAHO and the Department of Health Services surveys. Available on the Internet, ordering and downloading for small agencies is for immediate use and is available to larger organizations. Print one copy for committee approval and store and retrieve electronically for "real-time" use. View policies that are available for purchases online at www.vitalpoint.net.-Axiom

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One-Stop Shopping Medical Management Resource

An on-line resource to assist case and disease management professionals with program development and implementation is called LINKMED. Available at www.thinkmed.com, it is a compilation of more than 125 Web sites that serve as valuable resources for planning, implementing and/or evaluating care management programs and strategy. These sites are grouped by categories including: Health and Medical SuperSites, Disease- and Condition-Specific Resources, Government Sites, The Business of Healthcare, Associations/Conference Opportunities and Trade Publications.-ThinkMed

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On-Line Emergency Medical Information Service

Consumers can now access PersonalMD.com, a free Internet-based service that enables better health management. A key component is personal MD-ED, a Web-based emergency medical service that can give emergency physicians immediate access to an individual's health information virtually anywhere in the world. To use this free service, individuals simply enter the health information they want kept in a confidential, secure file at PersonalMD.com. They then receive a free Personal MD-ER Emergency Card to carry at all times. In an emergency, this health information can be made available with the individual's permission and access code to emergency room physicians by Internet or fax. In addition, paramedics who are trained to search for important health information can relay the personal MD-ER Emergency Card information to emergency room doctors from the field in advance.-PersonalMD.com

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Web-Based Healthcare Information System

A Managed Care Integration System (MCIS) 2.0 is an advanced solution for making health plans and patient data available to providers, insurers, employer groups, members and others. Using industry-standard Windows NT servers, the MCIS 2.0 links users with the data stored in a health plan's existing management system. Any user with a PC, Macintosh, Sun Solaris or HP-US system can use a Web browser to access the application server. This user interface is designed for responsive handling even over dial-up (modem) connections. Although on-line help is always a click away, users find the interface entirely intuitive and minimum training is required. Users have no opportunity to view protected information and there is no enticement to explore. Any function that the user is not authorized to access simply vanishes. Attempt to circumvent system security are logged, and administrators can respond immediately. Sensitive data remains safely behind a protective firewall.-HealthWeb [Systems.sup.SM], a [TriZetto.sup.SM] Group Company

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Installations & Purchases

InfoMiners, a data warehousing company serving the managed care market, awarded a contract to the Managed Care Information Center (MCIC) to license access to The National Directory of Managed Care Organizations Online Databases, located at MCIC's Web site, www.themcic.com.

Ring Medical, a provider of call center based physician communications services, announced the selection of AMTELCO's 1Call Infinity platform for technology standardization nationwide. Under the terms of the agreement, Ring Medical will install the system in strategically located sites throughout the United States to provide physician communication services.

Companion Information Management Resources (CIMR) and SunStar Health Plan, Inc. announced that CIMR will undertake a range of outsourced administrative services for the Heathrow, Fla. based health maintenance organization. Sunstar's choice of CIMR gives them access to the computer resources of America's largest health insurance data center located in Columbia, S.C. at CIMR's parent company, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of South Carolina.

Pendulum Practice Management Company, a multi-specialty physician practice management company headquartered in Sarasota, Fla. has selected Object Products, Inc., an information technology company, as its preferred vendor for outcomes software and survey solutions for its affiliated physician group practices.

NDC Health Information Services, a provider of health information services and electronic commerce solutions, announced a contract with Arrow Pharmacy and Nutrition Centers to provide the NDC Pre & Post Editing service for Arrow's prescription claims. The service provides the Centers with flexible, real-time data management for their pharmacy prescription claims to minimize claim submission errors, support claims analysis and increase appropriate third party reimbursements.

Keane, Inc. signed an agreement with Life Care Centers of America, a leading provider of long-term care services to install Keane's Leadership Plus long-term information solution at each of the organization's 204 skilled nursing facilities. Leadership Plus consists of admissions, census, billing, coordination of benefits. Accounts receivable, case mix reporting, collection notes, and trust fund management.

Dynamic Healthcare Technologies, Inc., a provider of mission-critical healthcare information systems announced a contract with the Winnipeg Hospital Authority (WHA) in the Canadian province of Manitoba to implement Dynamic's comprehensive radiology information system, Dynamic RadPlus[TM], as a regional solution for their information management needs. The first phase of the Regional Information Radiology Information System (RIRIS) project will be to install the system at Seven Oaks General Hospital in Winnipeg to resolve the facility's Year 2000 related issues. The second phase entails implementing the solution throughout the entire WHA regional hospital system.

Medical Information Technology, Inc. (MEDITECH) signed new contracts for their Health Care Information System (HCIS) with Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Penn; Stella Maris Center, Md.; Community Health Ventures, Ohio; Kalispell Regional Hospital, Mont.; Jackson General Hospital, W. Va.; and Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health, N.M. Intranet Solutionsr, Inc., a provider of Web-based document and content management solutions, announced that Allina Health System, a not-for-profit healthcare organization, has chosen the Intra.doc! Content Management System (MS) to publish and manage administrative information via an intranet. With Intra.doc!, the enterprise-wide Allina Knowledge Network will offer a corporate portal for employees and partners to easily access relevant project and product information.

ATL Ultrasound, a Philips Medical Systems company, announced that Wellmont Health System, located in Northeast Tenn., has purchased ten HDI 5000 ultrasound systems. The decision to purchase the systems was made based on the wide range of clinical capabilities, economic value and the need to standardize premium technology across Wellmont's regional health system.

Abbott Laboratories signed a sole-source contract with Consorta, Inc. for intravenous solutions and related products valued at nearly $500 million. Consorta, based in Ill., is a group purchasing organization that represents more than half of the Catholic hospitals in the US. The eight-year agreement begins Sept. 1, 1999.

Global Med Technologies, Inc. and Global Med's Wyndgate Technologies' division signed an agreement to license its SAFETRACE TX[TM] software to Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Tex. This software is a robust, client server, Windows[R] NT/95/98, hospital transfusion software product.

MatrixOne, Inc., provider in product development solutions for the supply chain, announced that Direct Radiography Corp. has selected Matrix Global Advantage, MatrixOne's product development management system, to manage the accuracy, control and access to device manufacturing data for its x-ray image capture systems.

Landacorp (Landa Management Systems Corp.) announced that Morristown Memorial Hospital, a member of the Atlantic Health System, has begun using the Maxsys II medical management software in their facility. Atlantic has contracted to implement the Maxsys II modules for Case and Utilization management, Quality Management and Infection Control in all four of their New Jersey hospitals.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Eclipsys Corp., a provider of outcomes-focused healthcare information technology solutions, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Intelus Corp. and Med Data Systems, Inc., both wholly owned subsidiaries of SunGard Data Systems. Inc. Intelus and Med Data bring a full range of leading-edge document imaging technology and workflow solutions to the Eclipsys Sunrise[TM] suite of products.

Lawson Software announced it has completed its acquisition of ijob, Inc., a maker of a strategic, Web-based human resources solution that automates and re-engineers the job candidate registration, recruitment and selection processes. Lawson is integrating the ijob solution into its Lawson Insight[R] II Human Resources process suite and will also license it as an independent recruiting solution of the Lawson Insight II Business Management System.

PhyMatrix Corp. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Clinical Studies, Ltd., a site management organization, announced the acquisition of Asthma and Allergy Research Associates, headquartered in Bloomington-Normal, Ill., with a satellite office in Decatur, Ill. The acquisition of AARA increases CSL's owned and affiliated research sites to 36.

Chemed Corp. announced that its wholly owned Patient Care Inc. subsidiary has acquired the assets of Georgia Nursing Services. The homecare company, _which operates in the central Georgia market, generated revenues exceeding $3.1 million in 1998. The purchase price for the business was not disclosed.

Partnerships & Alliances

MicroScript Corp. and MEDITECH established a formal partnership to address customer needs in the United Kingdom. The partnership formalizes a close working relationship that has benefited more than 250 hospitals where MEDITECH and MicroScript are jointly installed. The partnership is designed to expand upon each company's leading position in the provision of healthcare solutions in the UK.

Axolotl Corp. and Helus, Inc. (formerly Matrix Information Services) entered into a cooperative alliance to bring complete Internet clinical support to physician organizations. Under the terms of the agreement, Helus will act as an application services provider for Axolotl's Elysium suite of clinical messaging applications and will offer Elysium its medical Internet services facilities to community-based physician practices and their institutional partners.

Software Technologies Corp., a provider of enterprise integration technology, announced it has expanded its alliance with Perot Systems Corp., a world-wide business and information technology company. Under a new master services agreement, the two IT companies will offer healthcare organizations a best-of-breed, one-stop solution for complete business re-engineering consultation and enterprise systems integration.

ValueMed Systems Inc. and PhyCom Corp. announced the formation of a wide-ranging strategic partnership aimed at enhancing both companies' medical management product solutions and distribution channels to the managed care marketplace.

Erisco Managed Care Technologies announced it has entered into an alliance with Microsoft Corp. to deliver the Facets[TM] client/server solution on a Microsoft[R] platform, based on the Windows NT[R] Server operating system. Under the alliance, Erisco will develop a SQL Server[TM] 7.0 database alternative for managed care organizations seeking a full Microsoft solution. The solution will be developed on Compaq's server platform.

Healthdyne Information Enterprises, Inc., an enterprise application integration software tools and services provider, and Arthur Andersen, a global, multidisciplinary professional services organization, announced a strategic technology and business alliance. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will work together to provide Cloverleaf and Emerge implementation and related services including project management, system integration and customized business solutions.

At the 48th Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology, four leading medical technology companies in the worldwide cardiac market announced formation of the Heart Alliance. The alliance seeks to evolve a new standard of care for cardiac patients worldwide through information integration. In establishing the Heart Alliance, Siemens Electromedical Systems Division, Medtronic Physio-Control, Welch Allyn, Inc., and Schiller AG have entered into a series of agreement to establish a comprehensive collaboration. Each company will provide equipment and software in their respective areas of specialization vital to clinical decision making in all types of cardiac care environments.

Jobs (Promotions, Appointments, Hirings, & Elections)

Donald E. Marlowe, Director of the Office of Science and Technology at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Rockville, Md., has been elected to a two-year term as Vice Chair of the 1999 American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Board of Directors. Marlowe holds a Bachelors' degree in Physics and Mechanical Engineering and a Master's degree in Solid Mechanics from the Catholic University of America. He has presented 40 papers and has given presentations in the area of material properties product testing, analysis of medical devices, and consensus standards development.

Beacon Partners announced the appointment of Thomas Hanks to the position of Practice Director for its new practice, Enterprise Security and HIPAA Compliance. Prior to this position, Hanks served as Vice President of Strategic Systems at Medaphis Physician Services Group.

New Era of Networks, Inc. (NEON) named Pat Fortune, Ph.D., as President and Chief Operating Officer of the company. Fortune holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters in Management from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.

PhyMatrix Corp. announced that Lisa P. McAlister will be appointed Interim Chief Financial Officer. McAlister previously served as CFO and Treasurer of Meditrust. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has an M.B.A. from Bentley College. Michael Heffernan, currently President of Phymatrix, will also assume the role of Co-Chief Executive Officer. Abraham D. Gosman will remain as the Chair of the Board and will also serve in the Co-Chief Executive Officer capacity.

PhyMatrix Corp. also announced one addition to its Board of Directors, Kevin E. Moley. Moley is Chair of the Board for Patient Care Dynamics, a provider of computer hardware and software to physician's offices.

Fred L. Hollander, FACHE, was elected as a Regent for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He will serve a four-year term, representing ACHE members in the Southeastern Penn. Region. Hollander is board-certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Fellow.

Jobs (Promotions, Appointments, Hirings, & Elections)

HBS International, Inc. hired Francine R. Gaillour, MD, as Medical Director and Senior Vice President of Research and Development, and Victor Breed, CPA, as Chief Financial Officer. Gaillour comes to HBSI from IDX Systems Corp. where she worked as the Director of Market Solutions and Integration. She received her Doctorate in Medicine from the University of New Mexico and recently earned her Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Tenn.

Breed comes to HBSI from Penford Corp. where he served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Lake Superior State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Secure Document Systems, Inc. announced the addition of two executives to manage the software developer's new Business Development efforts. Robert C. Sweeney joins as Vice President and Robert G. Booth comes on board as Director. Prior to joining SDS, Sweeney spent nearly 10 years with Moore Corp. Ltd. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree. Booth was formerly Director, Business Development, for Unisys Corp.

Vida Healthcare, Inc. has hired Todd Anderson in the newly-created position of Vice President, Business Development. Anderson is responsible for all Vida sales and marketing, including development of the company's sales organization and product distribution channels, as well as the corporate marketing plan.

Care Management Science Corp. announced the appointment of Ronald A. Paulus, M.D., as President. Prior to joining CMS, Dr. Paulus served as Vice President of Operations of Salick Health Care, Inc., where he also founded and served as Managing Director of Salick's alternate-site subsidiary, INFUSX. He received his M.D. degree from The School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. with distinction from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Announcements

VPA, Inc. a leading integrated disability claims management company was presented with the Seventh Annual Astra Pharmaceuticals-NMHCC Partnership Award for its work in developing and implementing a leading-edge medical disability management model.

NDC Health Information Services' Intellect Territory Analyzer became part of the Permanent Research Collection on Information Technology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History during the presentation of the 1999 Information Technology Innovation Collection to the Institution. The Analyzer is the first Web-based subscription service that provides pharmaceutical manufacturers with timely accurate information to support strategic sales administration, operations, and management decision-making.

Paul DeFilippi, Director of Laboratory Administration at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare, Worcester, Mass., will present "Unlocking Your Lab's Profit Potential: Centralizing and Expanding Services" during the 1999 Annual Clinical Laboratory Management Association, to be held at the Dallas Convention Center June 16-18.

The Association of Telemedicine Service Providers President Douglas A. Perednia, M.D. was selected by Feedback Research Services as this year's Telemedicine Speaker of the Year. Perednia is a trained dermatologist and board certified medical internist with considerable experience in telemedicine applications such as digital and computer imaging and data delivery.

Patricia A. Hoffmeir, CHC, Senior Vice President of Tyler & Co., received the 1999 AAHC President's Award at the American Association of Healthcare Consultants' 42nd Midyear Business meeting and Professional Development Program. The Association rewarded Hoffmeir for her "exemplary leadership in organizing highly successful regional programs in Philadelphia over the past several years."

Wipro Infotech Enterprise Solutions, an India-based IT services provider, has become the world's first software services organization to be assessed at Level 5 of the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). The SEI is a research and development organization at the Carnegie Mellon University that is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, with a charter to advance the state of practice of software engineering management.

Microscript Corp. announced that Kettering General Hospital FINS Trust has been named as one of the recipients of the coveted 1999 Healthcare IT Effectiveness Awards for Best Use of IT in Clinical Care. The award will be presented at the opening ceremony of HC99 in Harrogate, England. The award-winning Resuits Reporting solution implemented by Kettering involves the use of intranet technology to provide radiology and pathology results to clinical staff in wards and outpatient clinics. The system was built using MicroScript Corp's Windows NT-based, WebConnect integration toolset and Microsoft's Windows NT, SQL Server and Web-authoring tools.

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If your company has an announcement for any of our Market Source categories (Product/Services, Installations/Purchases, etc.), send a news release and color photo to: Shirley Oakley, Associate Editor, Health Management Technology, 2500 Tamiami Trail N., Nokomis, FL 34275; fax: 941-966-2590; e-mail: shirley@healthmgttech.com.Space limitations may apply.

Dr. Sarah Corley, featured in the Clinical Computing article in April 1999 issue of Health Management Technology, presented Electronic Medical Records Systems: Selecting, Purchasing, and Using; Electronic Medical Records in Private Practice; and Electronic Medical Record Systems: Requests for Proposal and Vendor Selection at the annual meeting of ACP/ASIM in New Orleans, La. Dr. Corley and Dr. Jo Cartmell are in practice at Internal Medicine Associates, Arlington, Va.
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