A Medical Device Daily

Elisabeth Hager, chairman and CEO of Balan Biomedical (Rochester, New York) reported that St. Jude Medical (SJM; St. Paul Minnesota) has renewed its contract for a range of engineering services from Balan.

Members of Balan's Engineering Division support the internal R & D projects of SJM, allowing optimization of resources while providing cost-effective expertise.

"Our relationship with SJM has grown over the years and we enjoy working collaboratively on key projects with the SJM staff as we work to make our client as competitive as possible in this global marketplace" said Michael Pyszczek, VP of technology. "The continued growth of the Balan Engineering Division is reflected in our recent staff expansion which allows us to offer even greater value to our clients."

Balan is a physician-led search and discovery company specializing in medical and consumer health intelligence.

In other agreements and contracts news:

• ConvaTec (Skillman, New Jersey) said it has signed a long-term global exclusive license agreement with Boehringer Technologies to market and distribute Boehringer's Engenex Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) System incorporating Bio-Dome Interface Technology.

The NPWT System, launched in 2007, uses the application of negative pressure to a wound to promote healing by creating controlled tissue strain and removing excess fluid, including wound exudate.

Under the terms of the development and license agreement ConvaTec receives exclusive global marketing and distribution rights for the NPWT system. Boehringer will provide ongoing manufacturing support for many components of the system and there will be ongoing co-development between Boehringer and ConvaTec for future enhancements to this and other technologies.

• AT&T (Chicago) reported that AT&T Business Solutions has won two multi-million dollar national contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (Washington). Under the contracts, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies across the country can use a complete portfolio of mobility, data, voice, hosting, Internet Protocol (IP), consulting and managed services.

This agreement will provide increased flexibility and productivity for the 39 Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, which collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 102 million Americans.

• Allscripts (Chicago) said that St. Joseph Health System (SJHS; Orange, California) has selected the Allscripts Enterprise electronic health record (EHR) and practice management (PM) solution to automate and connect clinical and business functions for 100 physicians affiliated with two of its hospitals. The agreement marks the first phase of an intended EHR-PM offering to physicians affiliated with SJHS's 14 hospitals in California and Texas.

• Aetna (Hartford, Connecticut) and the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System's (LIJ; Manhasset, New York) Faculty Practice have entered into three pay-for-performance agreements which will provide financial incentives and support totaling more than $3.6 million to help the North Shore-LIJ hospitals and Faculty Practice improve care quality, safety and patient satisfaction.

• WaveMark (Littleton, Massachusetts) said its clinical inventory management solution, WaveMark CIMS, has been selected by Florida Hospital (Orlando) to manage the hospital's high-value, specialty inventory. Already deployed in Florida Hospital's EP laboratory, WaveMark's RTIM technology will now be used to track cardiology physician preference products in its new Ginsburg Tower, a 15-story cardiac tower that houses 440 new patient beds, as well as one of the largest emergency departments and cardiac catheterization labs in the country.

WaveMark CIMS uses RFID cabinets and Point of Service readers to collect information that enables real-time inventory management.

• Guidenz (New York) and MedLink International (Islandia, New York) said they signed an exclusive agreement to develop commercial information products and continuing medical education (CME) programs for physicians based on aggregated, HIPAA-compliant patient information derived from individual physicians' own patient populations.

This informational core will enable the two companies to reach into individual physicians' panels of patients and identify specific practices or particular interest groups of importance to medical marketers or educators. As a result, the industry will now be able to direct surveys and market research to a much greater degree than is presently possible by any other means.

• Alsius (Irvine, California) was awarded a three-year contract with Novation (Irving, Texas) to provide intravascular temperature management products to Novation's network of more than 2,500 member hospitals.

"We are pleased that our intravascular temperature management solution was chosen by Novation," said Bill Worthen, president/CEO of Alsius. "This is the sixth contract that we have been awarded by a major hospital group purchasing organization in the U.S., further validating the adoption and growing industry support for our innovative technology."

The agreement will be effective on Jan. 1.