Health information technology vendor announcements in recent days include the following new products or initiatives:
* San Diego-based CareFusion Corp. has paid $17 million to acquire Vestara, vendor of pharmaceutical waste technology management. The product, previously called EcoRex, includes a software-supported cabinet system to automatically identify, sort, and segregate hazardous and non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste into proper waste streams, according to the Irvine, Calif.-based vendor. CareFusion will sell the product under the name Pyxis EcoStation.
* MyHealthDIRECT, which sells a Web-based system to book patient appointments across a community, has raised $4 million in funding from venture capital firms Arboretum Ventures and Chrysalis Ventures. The Brookfield, Wis.-based vendor sells its system to health plans to connect members to contracted providers, and to hospitals to refer patients to appropriate providers. The application matches providers with patient preferences on location, spoken language and other characteristics, identifies available public transportation, provides appointment reminders, and can follow-up on whether appointments were kept or rescheduled.
* FUJIFILM Medical Systems is adding to its list of Synapse PACS sales to military facilities with new contracts at two hospitals in South Korea. The vendor also recently sold the PACS to hospitals in Germany, Afghanistan and the State of Washington.
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