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Intermedix (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), a provider of technology-based business services to emergency providers, reported the acquisition of HealthWare Solutions (HWS; Arcata, California), a provider of electronic patient care reporting software. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

HWS has been delivering its signature product line, EMS Solution Suite, to emergency response agencies throughout the U.S. since 1999. HWS's flagship product, EMS Solution 2000, is a comprehensive mobile data collection tool that allows for patient side documentation of critical incident information.

Intermedix is the largest independent provider of medical billing and technology to emergency medical services agencies in the U.S.

"HealthWare Solutions was a pioneer in the deployment of advanced technology to ambulance crews. Intermedix and its clients will benefit from the years of experience the HWS team possesses in developing and supporting core ePCR technologies and integrations. HWS's significant and diverse national client base expands Intermedix relationships in the fire/EMS market. We hope to offer significant advantages for HWS clients who choose to take advantage of Intermedix business services, including Revenue Rescue, our emergency response billing offering which is gaining exceptional appeal with Cities and Counties seeking additional revenues," said Doug Shamon, CEO, of Intermedix.

Navigenics (Foster City, California), a personal genomics testing company, reported the acquisition of the Affymetrix Clinical Services Laboratory (West Sacramento, California), a CLIA-certified testing facility that provides molecular genome scanning using the Affymetrix GeneChip microarray platform. With the purchase of this testing facility, Navigenics said it can now offer fully integrated genome screening and analysis under one roof.

"Acquiring our own clinical laboratory gives Navigenics the flexibility and capacity to better respond to the growing demand for our genome testing services," said Navigenics chief medical officer Vance Vanier, MD.

The company said the move to acquire in-house screening capabilities was driven in large part by a growing interest in Navigenics' genome testing services, through increased online sales to consumers and physicians as well as expanding enrollment in clinical study programs with partners such as Scripps Translational Science Institute and MDVIP.

The newly renamed Navigenics Laboratory currently provides DNA scanning for a number of other Affymetrix customers as well as Navigenics' genome testing services. With the transition in management from Affymetrix to Navigenics following this asset purchase, many of these clients have continued to be supported by the lab. Likewise, many of the lab personnel have become employees of Navigenics.

In other dealmaking activity, Tenet Healthcare (Dallas, Texas) reported that Florida Medical Center (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) will merge with North Shore Medical Center (Miami). The merger will be effective on June 1. Both campuses will remain open and continue functioning as normal, with no expected reduction in services at either hospital.

"Merging Florida Medical Center and North Shore Medical Center enables us to capitalize on synergies to provide better, more efficient care to the communities we serve," said Marsha Powers, Tenet's regional senior vice president for Florida. "We will be able to more effectively recruit specialized physicians, share service line expertise and consolidate back-office operations."

Tenet said each hospital has specific service lines where they excel in quality patient care and outcomes, and the merger will allow the two hospitals to share this expertise and expand available services at both locations. North Shore is highly respected for its radiation oncology, neonatology and women's services, while Florida Medical Center is known for its quality cardiac, oncology and bariatric services.

The two hospitals plan to develop unified physician credentialing, which will allow physicians to more easily apply for privileges and treat patients at both hospitals.

Tenet owns and operates acute-care hospitals and related ancillary healthcare businesses, which include ambulatory surgery centers and diagnostic imaging centers.

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