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.

* Health care financial/business decision support and analytics software vendor Strata Decision Technology has named Dan Michelson as CEO. Michelson is well-known in the industry and spent a dozen years at Allscripts, most recently as chief marketing and strategy officer. The two co-founders of Strata will remain with the company. Catherine Kleinmuntz will be executive vice president and chief client officer, and Don Kleinmuntz will act as executive vice president and chief analytics officer.

* Florida Hospital, with seven hospitals serving central Florida, has contracted with SunGard Availability to manage applications recovery services in the event of a disaster. The vendor is providing experts for each of the information systems on the network, which includes a mainframe, UNIX, Linux, WinTel and VMware environments.

* Siemens Healthcare has selected Health Language Inc. as its terminology management software vendor partner to aid customers in enterprisewide implementation of ICD-10.

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