Planning for significant expansion at Cerner, FDA approval for home monitoring of anticoagulant treatment, and new software to analyze episodes of care are among recent health information technology vendor announcements:

* Cerner Corp. continues to expand its corporate footprint in the Kansas City metropolitan region after agreeing to purchase about 237 acres for a third campus. The vendor employs nearly 8,800 at its long-standing headquarters and a recently opened second campus. Now, it is in the early stages of getting a third location, which could potentially house 12,000 to 15,000 employees when fully built, which will occur over an extended period, according to the company. The newest campus could include on-site daycare and a clinic, fitness facilities, food service, training areas, or new data centers, along with retail stores, restaurants or a hotel.

* Alere Connect, a unit of diagnostics device vendor Alere Inc., has received 510(k) market clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for the Alere MobileLink for home health use. Mobile Link supports home-based kiosks that enable patients to collect and electronically transmit vital signs and other health indicators. MobileLink initially is being offered with Alere’s INRatio2 PT/INR Monitor used to assess the effectiveness of the anticoagulant drug Warfarin.

* Salt Lake City-based 3M Health Information Systems has introduced  software, called Patient-Focused Episodes, or PFE, to analyze provider costs, resource use and performance across episodes of care. The software defines more than 500 episodes spanning inpatient and outpatient care, and across chronic and acute diseases.

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