Meaningful use, security and patient education are among the technologies being touted by health information technology vendors in recent days. For instance:

* West Carroll Memorial Hospital in Oak Grove, La., has received an initial Medicaid electronic health records meaningful use incentive payment of nearly $700,000 and expects later this year to get about $1.5 million in Medicare incentives. The 33-bed hospital has used the inpatient EHR of Healthland for about two years.

* T-System Inc. has announced general availability of version 3.0 of its T SystemEV emergency department information system. The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has certified the new version as a hospital EHR Module supporting meaningful use criteria.

* WhiteHat Security, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based vendor of outsourced Web site vulnerability management services, now is offering the services for 30 days at no cost. The trial, called SecurityCheck, gives organizations full access to the comprehensive WhiteHat Sentinel PE service that gives a snapshot of Web security posture, how it compares to industry averages and guidance on remediation of vulnerabilities.

* Revenue cycle management and supply chain vendor MedAssets will market the PatientSecure biometric identity verification system of Tampa-based HT Systems. Atlanta-based MedAssets will offer the palm-recognition application with its Access Integrity software suite, enabling scanning of the palm during registration to later accurately identify the patient at the point of care.

* Patient education and risk management software vendor Emmi Solutions has introduced a new interactive education video, "What to Expect During Your Hospital Stay." The program answers common patient questions about topics that are measured by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. It addresses the importance of communication with clinicians, pain management, medication management, noise and cleanliness levels, and preparing for recovery at home, according to the Chicago-based vendor.

--Joseph Goedert


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