New Medicaid business, vendor leadership and software highlight health information technology vendor announcements in recent days:
* The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has selected Computer Sciences Corp. as its Medicaid fiscal agent under a contract valued up to $297 million. The contract has a five-year base period with three two-year options. The state currently acts as its own fiscal agent in administering Medicaid programs. CSC will replace the state’s existing Medicaid Management Information System and take over fiscal agent duties.
* Point-of-care drug and disease reference software vendor Epocrates Inc. has named Andrew Hurd as president and CEO, effective immediately. He succeeds Peter Brandt, who served as interim CEO for four months. Hurd most recently served as chair and CEO at the Carefx unit of Harris Corp. He also has served at WebMD, CenterBeam and QuadraMed. Epocrates recently announced its intent to sell its recently developed electronic health records system. The company had high hopes for the EHR, as it counts 340,000 physicians on its network. But the mobile device-friendly product came late into a saturated market. A first-phase version of the software was not available until August 2011 and the product did not receive Complete EHR meaningful use certification until February 2012.
* Accuray Inc. has introduced PlanTouch, a software product enabling physicians using the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System to remotely review and approve treatment plans on an iPad. This frees physicians from being on dedicated workstations to do the tasks, according to the vendor. Accuray developed the application with MIM Software Inc. of Cleveland.
* Amcom Software is working with Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn to develop software to track and report medical residents’ hours. The Duty Hours Tracking software will aid hospitals in monitoring intervals between resident shifts to comply with guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and various states.
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