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Baxter to Acquire to Privately Held Baxa Corporation

Deerfield, IL, Aug. 25, 2011—Baxter International Inc. announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Baxa Corporation, a privately held company based in Englewood, Colo. Baxa develops pharmacy technology that enhances the efficiency and safety of oral and IV dose preparation and delivery. The addition of Baxa's product lines will complement Baxter's portfolio of nutrition products and drug delivery systems and supports patient safety.

Joint Commission Issues Alert: Dangers of Diagnostic Radiation

Oakbrook Terrace, IL, Aug. 24, 2011—While diagnostic radiation tests can help save lives, a new Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert warns that health care organizations must seek new ways to reduce exposure to repeated doses of harmful radiation from these diagnostic procedures. The Alert urges greater attention to the risk of long-term damage and cumulative harm that can occur if a patient is given repeated doses of diagnostic radiation.

New Treatment Model Targets Improved Patient Outcomes at Free Clinic

Aug. 19, 2011—The Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic in Herndon, Virginia, has received a CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield grant to expand its Shared Medical Appointment program, a treatment model designed to increase clinic capacity, maximize staff and volunteer efficiency, and empower patients to engage in their own health care outcomes.

Excela Health Selects Next-generation Radio Frequency Detection Technology to Prevent Retained Surgical Items

Greensburg, Pennsylvania, July 15, 2011— Excela Health, a not-for-profit health system in Westmoreland County, announced it has selected the RF Assure™  Detection System for use in its surgical suites system-wide to prevent the occurrence of retained surgical items (RSI).

Partners HealthCare Clinicians Go Mobile with CACHÉ-based Electronic Health Records

Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 2, 2011—InterSystems Corporation announced that Partners HealthCare Systems is now providing clinicians throughout its integrated delivery network (IDN) with mobile access to its electronic health record (EHR). The InterSystems CACHÉ high-performance object database is the foundation platform for Partners HealthCare’s EHR and for hundreds of clinical applications used by thousands of clinicians throughout the IDN.

Language Line Services Partners with Manhattan Cross Cultural Group and Quality Interactions to Provide Innovative Tools to Improve Healthcare for Diverse Patient Populations

Monterey, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 4, 2011—Language Line Services, the worldwide leader in interpreting and translation services, announced a partnership with the Manhattan Cross Cultural Group (MCCG), creators of Quality Interactions, to help healthcare organizations provide the highest quality care to their culturally and linguistically diverse patients.

NextGen Healthcare Launches Enterprise Patient Portal Powered by MEDSEEK

Birmingham, Alabama—NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, announced it has entered into an agreement with MEDSEEK to create the NextGen® Enterprise Patient Portal.

iSirona Awarded Medical Device Integration Contract from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Panama City, Florida, August 11, 2011—iSirona®, a provider of simplified solutions for medical device integration, announced that Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has signed an enterprise license agreement to implement iSirona's device connectivity solution.

American College of Surgeons Announces Goal to Enlist 1,000 Hospitals to its National Surgical Quality Improvement Program

CHICAGO (July 18, 2011) – The American College of Surgeons (ACS) today announced its goal to enlist at least 1,000 hospitals into its respected National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®). The commitment is part of the ACS Inspiring Quality initiative launched today, an effort to raise awareness of proven models of quality improvement, coordinated care and disease management that can help improve the quality and value of health care.

Vestagen Participates in OSHA Meetings To Examine Occupational Exposure to Infectious Diseases

Orlando, Florida, August 8, 2011 — Armed with an ever-growing body of research suggesting that textiles — specifically, medical uniforms — play a key role in the transmission of disease in healthcare settings, Vestagen Technical Textiles participated in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  stakeholder meetings to examine exposure to infectious diseases in health care workplaces.

Salamander, Versus Team Up to Provide Complete Patient-tracking Solution

Traverse City, Michigan, August 3, 2011 — A unique joint tracking solution that gives hospitals complete situational awareness from the scene of a mass casualty incident through patient admittance and discharge could play a critical role in victim treatment and survivability in the event of a mass casualty event.

HLI Launches Latest Provider Friendly Terminology Solution Upgrade

Denver, Colorado, July 26, 2011 — Health Language, Inc.® (HLI), the global leader in medical terminology management, announced that it has expanded its provider friendly technology (PFT) solution to over 120,000 terms in addition to the existing terms used by SNOMED-CT and ICD.

AHRA and Toshiba Expand Fourth Annual "Putting Patients First" Program

Aug. 15, 2011—The AHRA & Toshiba "Putting Patients First" program provides six grants of up to $7,500 each to hospitals and imaging centers and an additional grant of up to $20,000 to an integrated delivery etwork to fund programs, training or seminars aimed at improving patient care and safety in CT, MR, Ultrasound, X-ray and vascular imaging. The application deadline is Oct. 11, 2011.

What’s Your Experience with Clinical Alarms?

The Healthcare Technology Foundation is conducting a survey of healthcare professionals for their help in establishing priorities for improving the safety and effectiveness of clinical alarms.

ABMS Announces the Creation of a Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Award

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the organization overseeing the certification of physician specialists in the United States, announces the creation of an award for a distinguished national leader in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety. Nominations must be submitted by Aug. 31.

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