Health information technology vendors have made multiple announcements of new products, services or contracts in recent days. Among them:

* Minneapolis-based Allina Hospitals & Clinics will offer discounted pricing on electronic health records software to about 600 affiliated physicians in more than 50 clinics throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The delivery system secured special pricing from NextGen Healthcare Information Systems for the EHR along with connectivity software to exchange data between physician and Allina systems.

 * Ambulatory software vendor gloStream is guaranteeing that physicians in a practice will return to their full patient load within 15 days of go-live on the electronic health records system or receive a full refund for software and services. Details from the Troy, Mich.-based vendor are available at

* Pittsburgh-based Highmark Inc., a Blues plan, will replace its legacy e-mail encryption technology with the services of ZixCorp., Dallas. The new software interacts better with partners, says Brian Smith, messaging systems manager at Highmark.

* F.F. Thomson Hospital in Canandaigua, N.Y., will implement the Paragon hospital information system from McKesson Corp. The 113-bed hospital is replacing a legacy HIS and also is buying laboratory, document imaging and analytics/reporting modules from McKesson. The vendor will host all of the applications in its data center.

--Joseph Goedert


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