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                                                      IT vendors touting partners
                                                      and progress during HIMSS
      » Direct Supply is adopting a more
      integrated branding effort, according to
      company officials. Going forward, the
      words “Direct Supply” will appear on
      logos of its subsidiary units. These include    By John O’Connor                                                                            quickly connect our physician
      Aptura (which offers construction and           Several high-tech vendors at                                                                community while giving us the
      interior design assistance), TELS (which        the Health Information and                                                                  flexibility to expand the scope
      takes care of tracking equipment, sched-        Management Systems Society                                                                  at our own pace,” said Jeff

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      uling preventive maintenance and risk           (HIMSS) trade show in Atlanta                                                               Allport, vice president for IT
      management) and DSSI (a Web-based               announced new options and                                                                   Solutions Delivery at St. Joseph
      purchasing system).                             deals. The firms are racing                                                                 Health System.
                                                      to gain a larger share of the       New tech tools and partnerships                            Search giant Google
      » Walgreens has been selected by Fast           burgeoning electronic health        were announced during the recent                        announced that it’s integrating
                                                                                          Health Information and Manage-
      Company magazine as one of the healthcare       records business. While most        ment Systems Society (HIMSS)
                                                                                                                                                  Google Health—which lets
      industry’s most innovative firms. The com-       of these firms are targeting doc-    trade show in Atlanta.                                  consumers store and access
      pany was lauded for its efforts to increase     tors and hospitals, long-term                                                               their medical records—with
      wellness, improve chronic care and for          care is likely to see a spillover   order to provide the appropriate                        Surescripts, a leading elec-
      various other innovations.                      benefit.                             care,” said Michael Siegel, vice                        tronic prescription network.
                                                         Cisco said its new Health-       president and medical director                          The result will be more timely
      » Nasco recently announced that its             Presence offering will become       of Molina Healthcare.                                   access to prescription histories,
      2010 Senior Activities catalog is now avail-    available in April. This high-         IBM also unveiled its Initiate                       according to both firms.
      able. The new publication features more         tech apparatus combines             Exchange service. The service                              Meanwhile, Dell said it’s
      than 150 products that are geared toward        videoconferencing and other         is designed to help providers                           working with the American
      people who need long-term or special            communications tools. Cisco         issue orders, access test results                       Medical Association (AMA) on
      rehabilitative care.                            claimed HealthPresence will         and share registration informa-                         a system that will help physi-
                                                      let rehabilitation therapists,      tion from their electronic medi-                        cians adopt health information
      » Medline Industries announced                  family members and others           cal records (EMR) or practice                           technology for electronic medi-
      that its Remedy Skin Care products (Skin        participate in treatment and        management systems.                                     cal records, ePrescribing and
      Repair Cream, Nutrashield and Calazime)         care planning.          
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