New leadership, products, alliances and contract wins are among recent health care information technology vendor announcements:

* Online physician network host Sermo Inc. has named Tim Davenport as CEO. He succeeds founder and former CEO Daniel Palestrant, M.D., who left to co-found par8o, a start-up that will work to improve referral processes. Davenport previously led online consumer content vendor Revolution Health.

* The American Medical Association has selected Hewlett-Packard as a preferred technology vendor for member physicians through the association’s Member Value Program to offer products and services at discounted prices. Among other products, HP will offer mobile devices for remote patient care, displays and workstations.

* The Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals, with 150 members, will pilot test a health information exchange using the CollaborNet software from Holon Solutions. The pilot will develop a “connected health care community” model with the goal of replicating it across underserved parts of the state. The pilot will test exchange of laboratory orders/results and Continuity of Care Documents between a hospital and four physician practices.

* The Food and Drug Administration has granted 510(k) approval of the qube compact patient monitor of OSI Systems’ Spacelabs Healthcare unit. The monitor is appropriate in emergency, general/step-down and post-anesthesia care units.

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