Multiple health information technology software vendors have announced new products or initiatives in recent days. They include:

* U.S. Oncology Inc., vendor of the iKnowMed electronic health records software for oncology practices, has introduced a practice management system called iKnowMed PM. The application interfaces with a variety of EHRs, according to The Woodlands, Texas-based firm.

* Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn has gone live with the OpenVista electronic health records software of Medsphere Systems Corp., San Diego. The 476-bed hospital expects to qualify for millions of dollars in meaningful use incentive payments.

* Medical device manufacturer CareFusion, San Diego, will resell a suite of medication software from PHACTS LLC, Seattle. The applications include the PharmoCode bar code labeling system for vials and syringes, PharmoPack medication packaging and bar coding system, and the Pharmogistics inventory management application to track drugs in a hospital.

* CodeRyte Inc. has introduced clinical data extraction software that uses natural language processing technology to identify and extract for analysis clinical information from free-text and structured medical records. The software, called DataScout, supports the analysis of demographic and referral patterns, revenue optimization, payer mix, RAC preparation, clinical appropriateness, regulations, quality initiatives and clinical trials, according to the Bethesda, Md.-based vendor.

--Joseph Goedert


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