Partnerships and data exchange initiatives highlight health information technology announcements in recent days. Among them:

* Dell Computer Corp. will sell and support the inpatient and outpatient financial management and electronic health records software of NextGen Healthcare Information Systems. Dell also will host applications and becomes the hardware platform of choice for all NextGen products, as well as NextGen's internal use.

* Iowa Health System, which serves nearly one-third of patients in the state, will implement a health information exchange platform from Medicity to link its hospitals to community providers. The providers will exchange patient information via Continuity of Care documents. The project will start with data exchange between inpatient clinical systems from Epic and Allscripts EHRs at more than 100 owned clinics, before extending to other physicians, home health agencies, long-term care facilities and other provider sites.

* GE Healthcare has released software to enable primary care physicians in small practices to access their Centricity Advance practice management and electronic records software via an Apple iPhone or iPad. The Centricity Advance-Mobile app is available for download here.

* Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo., will implement a picture archiving and communication system from Intelerad Medical Systems. The IntelePACs application includes a master patient index to link patient information across sites, embedded speech recognition and a referring physician Web portal to enable remote readings.


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