First Databank, which operates drug reference databases, will resell simplified medication instructions developed by start-up vendor Polyglot Systems.
FDB will be the primary distributor of Polyglots Meducation instructions, which can supplement the detailed, tiny font and often confusing medication information on prescription packages. The target audiences are retail pharmacies and electronic health records/practice management software vendors who could embed the instruction package in their products, enabling prescribers to give the information to patients at the point of prescribing.
The Meducation instructions are written at a 5th to 8th grade level, with picture and video explanations available, personalized to the patient and available in 21 languages. The goal is to increase medication adherence, according to a FDB spokesperson. Early users of the instructions include John Dempsey Hospital, which is part of the University of Connecticut Health Center, and the VA Medical Center in Durham, N.C.
Other recent health information technology vendor news includes:
* Spectrum Equity has made an undisclosed but significant investment in data provider and analytics vendor Definitive Healthcare, and two Spectrum leaders have joined the board. Definitive Healthcare offers data on more than 8,000 hospitals and delivery systems, 800 accountable care organizations or health information exchanges, 180,000 physician groups, 7,250 ambulatory surgery centers, 15,000 skilled nursing facilities, more than one million physicians and 750 hospitals in Canada, according to the vendor.
* Chicago-based consulting and outsource services firm Navigant has expanded its revenue cycle management and business process management services with the acquisition of Atlanta-based RevenueMed. Terms were not disclosed. Navigant has historically offered advisory and outsourced services to large physician practices and entered the hospital revenue cycle market in May 2014 by acquiring Cymetrix. Now, RevenueMed brings additional scale and expertise, as well as a delivery network in India. RevenueMed CEO Michael von Grey will continue to lead the firm, which will be part of the Cymetrix business line.
* William Kinsley, an enterprise architect at NextGen Healthcare, is the new chair of the privacy and security workgroup for the Electronic Health Record Association, which represents about 40 vendors. He has been a workgroup member since 2009.
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