A Medical Device Daily

Boston Scientific (Natick, Massachusetts) has entered into a co-marketing agreement with Bladder Health Network (BHN; Jackson, Mississippi), a privately held company offering advanced testing solutions for urinary incontinence.

BHN offers an integrated diagnostic service that combines staffing, equipment, supplies and results analysis, helping to ensure that physicians and their patients have access to testing, interpretation and treatment options for urinary incontinence and other problems related to the urinary system.

As part of the agreement, Boston Scientific's urology/gynecology business unit will market BHN's female urodynamic testing solutions to U.S. healthcare providers. Urodynamics employs sophisticated equipment to measure the amount of pressure experienced by the bladder and urethra in order to evaluate the function and efficiency of a patient's urinary system.

"The agreement with BHN allows Boston Scientific to introduce healthcare providers to a platform specifically designed to unite treatment centers with physicians who have advanced expertise in female continence care," said John Pedersen, president of Boston Scientific's urology/gynecology business. "This agreement demonstrates Boston Scientific's continuing commitment to the women's health community."

"With Boston Scientific we've found an industry leader who shares our vision of improving the quality of continence care," said John Spivey, BHN president/CEO. "This agreement enhances our ability to deliver compelling solutions to the market, enhance patient care and create better efficiencies for physicians."

In other agreements/contracts news:

• Premier Purchasing Partners (Charlotte, North Carolina) reported new agreements for closed ventilation suction, respiratory therapy products, suction canisters, Yankauers and tubing.

The agreements have been awarded to Kimberly-Clark Global Sales (Irving, Texas), with closed ventilation suction; CareFusion (San Diego), with respiratory therapy products; Monaghan Medical (Plattsburgh, New York), with respiratory therapy products; Cardinal Health (Waukegan, Illinois), with suction canisters, Yankauers and tubing; DeRoyal Industries (Powell, Tennessee), with canisters; and Covidien (Mansfield, Massachusetts), with Yankauers and tubing.

Effective Nov. 1, 2009, the agreements are available to acute care and continuum of care members of the Premier healthcare alliance.

Additionally, the Premier healthcare alliance has contracted with to offer its 2,200 hospitals members a mobile healthcare information technology (HIT) solution to improve obstetrical care, patient safety and communication among healthcare providers.

Premier's Purchasing Partners division is the first group purchasing organization to offer AirStrip, which provides obstetricians and nurses with real-time, remote access to fetal and maternal waveform data, such as fetal heart rate and maternal contractions. It's made by AirStrip Technologies (San Antonio).

• Vocollect (Pittsburgh) and Boston Software Systems (Sherborn, Massachusetts) reported a strategic partnership. Under the agreement, Vocollect will use Boston WorkStation automation technology to enable AccuNurse voice-assisted care to seamlessly integrate with Meditech and other healthcare platforms. As a result, nurses cut down on paperwork, improve accuracy of information into Meditech and gain more quality time with patients.