Health information technology vendors have recently announced new customer wins for their products and services. Among them:

* Contractor CGI Federal Inc. of Fairfax, Va., will build a federal health insurance exchange under a contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A two-year base contract has a value of $55.7 million with up to three one-year options, putting the potential total value at $93.7 million. The resulting product, called Federal Exchange, is designed to aid consumers and small businesses in comparing and purchasing health insurance coverage. States and territories are required to build similar exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

* Abbeville (S.C.) Area Medical Center, a 25-bed rural hospital, will adopt the Web-based picture archiving and communications system of Minneapolis-based Virtual Radiologic, also known as vRad. The hospital's staff radiologist reads about 15,000 studies a year. The hospital, which is replacing its existing standalone PACS, will offer to providers Web-based access to radiology results.

* The George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City is using encrypted flash drives to transfer information from pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators to its electronic health records systems. The flash drives from Systematic Development Corp., with 256-bit encryption, contain no software and work with USB-compatible devices, according to the vendor. The medical center previously printed out and filed the cardiac test reports. More information is available at lok-it.net.

* Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyo., will implement electronic health records and document management software from QuadraMed Corp. The technology is part of a strategy to improve clinical quality and safety, and also prepare for meeting EHR meaningful use criteria, says Gerald Klein, CEO at 99-bed Memorial Hospital.

 

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