Health information technology vendors have announced new products, services and initiatives in recent days. Among them:

* A new vendor, Stat Health Services Inc., is offering online consultations with emergency physicians to address common, minor medical conditions. The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company is marketing its STAT DOCTORS service to employers to offer to employees. It does not presently accept insurance plans. The employer pays a fee for each enrolled member and a consultation costs $50, which the employer may pay in whole or split with the member. Consultations are conducted via phone, the phone and a Web site connection, or via Web cams. Prescriptions if needed are electronically sent to the patient's pharmacy of choice. More information is available at

* Siemens Healthcare has received Complete EHR meaningful use certification for version 2010 of its Soarian, INVISION and MedSeries 4 electronic health records systems, as well as EHR Module certification for applicable modules within the systems. The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology was the testing and certifying body.

* Under a test program, Stanford Hospital in California is giving patients iPad tablet computers for entertainment during their stays in the hospital. The five tablets are loaded with movies, books, games, and a connection to the Internet. The hospital started the test, an idea of CIO Carolyn Byerly, when efforts to put televisions in the pre-procedure and recovery areas ran into technical difficulties with bracing monitors and running cables. The hospital will evaluate test results in early 2011 and may expand the service to other areas to complement but not replace televisions.

--Joseph Goedert


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