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Digirad (Poway, California), a provider of diagnostic imaging products and personnel and equipment leasing services, said it has sold the assets related to its Arizona and Nevada service hub locations to Ohio-based Antigua Medical Services.

The purchase agreement calls for the sale of portable nuclear imaging cameras, vans and related equipment, and the assignment of certain customer contracts of the former Digirad service hub locations in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson.

"Our strategy is to focus on a core group of DIS (Digirad Imaging Solutions) locations in order to facilitate improved utilization and profitability and this agreement is another important step in that direction," said Digirad CEO Todd Clyde. "With this sale, our goal of hub realignment and consolidation is well on its way to completion and we expect to conclude the program in the coming months."

Clyde said Antigua was a "natural choice" as a buyer because of its "commitment to customer service with an employee-oriented culture."

"We are excited about the opportunity in front of us and believe we can build on the success and quality-of-service reputation Digirad has created at these Arizona and Nevada locations," said Daniel Rice, a managing member of Antigua. "We plan to continue providing excellent service for the customers that will be served by Antigua Medical Services."

Digirad provides diagnostic imaging systems and personnel and equipment leasing services to physicians' offices, hospitals and imaging centers for cardiac, vascular, and general imaging applications.

In other dealmaking activity, Lifespan (Las Vegas, Nevada) said it is negotiating to acquire all right, title, and interest to a collection of software and hardware products and technologies known as the MyScreenMD.com home based medical evaluation program. This program will integrate seamlessly with the company's Electronic Medical Evaluation model, Lifespan noted.

The company will be acquiring, through its medical technology subsidiary Advanced Medical Devices (Waterloo, Iowa), all the assets of MyScreenMD.com including proprietary hardware and software, industrial designs, intellectual property and websites and URLs of the company including MyScreenMD.com.

The MyScreenMD program is focused upon becoming the leading provider of Internet based home medical diagnostic and testing products utilizing a Screen based Internet access device in partnership with the medical community. According to the company, the primary benefits of the MyScreenMD.com model are clinical, resulting in superior patient outcomes, psychosocial, resulting in better patient satisfaction, and economic, resulting in significantly lower costs.

Lifespan intends to offer its services and products in conjunction with participating managed care providers and physicians, who will receive significant benefits from their participation. Now, medical practitioners can easily monitor and evaluate their patients by transmitting and receiving secure diagnostic clinical data via the MyScreenMD.com medical testing and evaluation portal. Physicians will also receive notification of their patient's results via e-mail and may download the stored data at their convenience from the MyScreenMD.com portal.

Albert Cook, MD, CEO of MyScreenMD.com, is a member of Lifespan's board of medical advisors.

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