A patent lawsuit, new CEO, client win and partnership highlight recent announcements from health information technology vendors:

* Patient Safety Technologies Inc. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against competitor ClearCount Medical Solutions. Both companies sell tagged surgical sponges along with an information system that tracks the sponges to ensure all are accounted for following a procedure. Patient Safety uses bar code technology and ClearCount uses radio frequency identification technology. Patient Safety alleges ClearCount is infringing on a patent titled, “Identification and Accountability System for Surgical Sponges.” ClearCount responds that it respects intellectual property of all companies, has nine patents and multiple ones pending, and is confident its products do on infringe on the patent.

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