Health information technology vendors have announced new leaders, products and contract wins in recent days. Among them:

* Soon after leaving his position as COO at Cerner Corp., Michael Valentine has become CEO at behavioral health/human services vendor Netsmart Technologies. The company sells practice management, electronic health records and Web portal applications.

* New York City Health & Hospitals Corp. has extended its use of the QCPR electronic health record from QuadraMed Corp. under a five-year, $20 million contract. The 11-hospital delivery system recently completed an upgrade to version 5.2 of the software.

* Payer software vendor The TriZetto Group has introduced analytics software to help insurers assess how the transition to ICD-10 code sets will affect payments to providers. The Advantage 10 Payment AnalytiX application enables a health plan to identify the ICD-9 codes they currently pay against, and how those payments will be affected by the changeover to ICD-10. The software is designed to help minimize the variance in what is paid for claims coded in ICD-10 versus ICD-9, and reduce the number of claims that fail to process automatically, according to the company.

* The Ohio Health Information Partnership will use software from the Medicity unit of Aetna Inc. as the platform for the state's health information exchange, called CliniSync. The HIE will take two years to fully implement.

--Joseph Goedert


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