A Medical Device Daily Staff Report

Auxilio (Mission Viejo, California), a specialist in managed print services (MPS) for the healthcare industry, reported a five-year, $5 million agreement with Memorial Health System (MHS; Colorado Springs, Colorado) to implement its MPS program to cut costs and maximize efficiencies to the print infrastructure of the system's three hospitals and affiliated clinical and support facilities. MHS has more than 650 beds, 950 physicians and is one of the largest employers in Colorado Springs with more than 4,100 employees.

"We are proud to be working with Memorial Health System to implement our unique print management solutions program that guarantees savings through improved process efficiencies," said Joseph Flynn, president/CEO, Auxilio. "By centralizing costs, right-sizing equipment, managing supplies and uncovering hidden expenses in the print environment through our continuous process efficiency strategy, Memorial Health System is guaranteed to reduce costs. Our full-time, on-site resident team of customer service and technical personnel will also free up the hospitals' IT staff to concentrate on advanced infrastructure projects."

The MPS agreement is a result of the effective joint marketing alliance between Auxilio and Sodexo, a provider of quality of life service solutions, which focuses on saving hospitals money and resources and improving staff productivity and satisfaction in their business and operational practices.

The growing demand for hospitals to reduce costs, increase efficiencies and comply with electronic health records (EHR) mandates is aligned with Auxilio's MPS strategy which also includes providing full-time MPS customer service and technical personnel on site, the company said. Hospitals across the country seek out its MPS solutions that are health care exclusive and vendor neutral, and guarantee savings through its continuous print process improvement methodologies.

In other agreements/contracts news:

• Biosense Webster (Diamond Bar, California), a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, reported a long-term collaboration with GE Healthcare Systems (Waukesha, Wisconsin) to co-distribute GE's electrophysiology (EP) systems in the U.S. and jointly enhance the integration of their recording and 3-D mapping systems. Biosense Webster will offer a suite of GE EP systems, including CardioLab EP Recording System, and GE will distribute Biosense Webster's navigation system, the CARTO 3 System, effective Jan. 1.

"This agreement will allow Biosense Webster to address the rapidly growing and underpenetrated atrial fibrillation market by offering a breadth of top EP innovations to meet customer needs," said Shlomi Nachman, worldwide president, Biosense Webster. "As the market leader in EP recording systems, CardioLab System further enhances the Biosense Webster product offering and the CARTO 3 System by improving the networking capabilities and workflow efficiencies in the lab."

Biosense Webster says it has technology that includes the largest installed base of navigation systems worldwide in leading hospitals and teaching institutions.

"GE Healthcare is committed to becoming a total EP lab solution provider as we work to meet the clinical and workflow needs of electrophysiologists. The arrangement with Biosense Webster moves GE Healthcare closer to realizing that vision by enabling us to provide our U.S. customers with a more comprehensive portfolio of EP products than any single company can provide," said Jean-Michel Milles, GM of Interventional Electrophysiology, GE Healthcare.

• Agilent Technologies (Santa Clara, California) and Integrated Diagnostics (Seattle) reported a strategic partnership to develop assays that detect major human diseases at very early stages to improve treatment outcomes.

Integrated Diagnostics, a specialist in molecular diagnostics, is creating large-scale, blood-based molecular diagnostics that leverage advances in proteomics and genomics to detect diseases such as lung cancer and Alzheimer's at their earliest stages. Agilent makes a range of analytical instrumentation, including liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry and automation systems. Officials of both organizations see an opportunity to rapidly turn medical breakthroughs into diagnostic assays by combining efforts to focus on protein and peptide biomarkers of disease.

As part of the partnership, Integrated Diagnostics purchased two Agilent 1290 Infinity UHPLC systems, two 6490 iFunnel triple quadrupole mass spectrometry systems and two 1260 LCs with ultraviolet detectors for the project.

The partnership will develop high-throughput automated workflows to include sample preparation and LC MS/MS analysis. Participants expect accelerated biomarker discovery to be fueled by novel sample-prep technology, fast liquid chromatography and ultra-sensitive ion funnel triple quadrupole mass spectrometry.

The Premier (Charlotte, North Carolina) healthcare alliance reported new agreements for OR integration and automation systems have been awarded to Nuvo (Erie, Pennsylvania); Oasys Healthcare (Uxbridge, Ontario); Olympus America (Center Valley, Pennsylvania); Skytron (Grand Rapids, Michigan); Steris (Mentor, Ohio); and Stryker (Kalamazoo, Michigan).

Premier maintains a repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a healthcare purchasing network.

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