New products and acquisitions are among recent announcements from health information technology firms:

* McKesson Corp. has announced that its Paragon ambulatory practice management system now is generally available and works off the same database as the Paragon hospital information system. The practice management product is designed for hospital-owned practices of all sizes, with hospital data on patients available in the ambulatory settings.

* Start-up vendor Kinsa has received 510(k) market clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for the Kinsa Smart Thermometer that uses the processing power of smartphones to determine and display a precise temperature reading. The smartphone can display animated visuals during a reading to calm and engage children and alert parents if the thermometer slips out of place. Parents also can create individual profiles for family members to track fever, symptom and illness history.

* Press Ganey has acquired On The Spot Systems, which sells a point-of-care survey product to capture patient feedback in real time via tablets and other mobile devices. The acquisition, terms of which were not disclosed, adds to Press Ganey’s patient experience data capture tools covering mail, phone and e-surveys.

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