• Premier Purchasing Partners (San Diego) reported that new agreements for ECG electrodes, cables, lead wires and defibrillator pads have been awarded to ConMed (Utica, New York), Covidien (Mansfield, Massachusetts) and S&W Healthcare (Brooksville, Florida). The 36-month agreements, effective Sept. 1, are available to acute-care and continuum-of-care members of the Premier alliance.

Roche (Basel, Switzerland) reported entering into a partnership that will allow it to market the first line of cardiovascular tests for Response Biomedical's (Vancouver, British Columbia) new point-of-care platform. The platform, the RAMP 200 (Rapid Analyte Measurement Platform), is based on RAMP technology that already is used in laboratories worldwide for West Nile virus, biodefense tests and the recently FDA-cleared RAMP Flu A/B Test.

Wolters Kluwer Health (Minneapolis) reported that Cardiovascular Associates (CVA; Birmingham, Alabama) has selected ProVation MD software for cardiology procedure documentation and coding. The software will be used to document catheterization, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography procedures at six CVA sites throughout central Alabama. ProVation MD software for procedure documentation and coding compliance replaces dictation/transcription and streamlines the coding and billing process. Unlike Cardiovascular Information Systems (CVIS), which collect patient measurements and administrative data, ProVation MD allows clinicians to quickly document medical procedures at the point of care, then applies the appropriate reimbursement codes to drive compliance and revenue recovery. ProVation MD interfaces with cardiovascular nursing, imaging and measurement systems to complete the electronic documentation process and free cardiologists and technologists from time-consuming dictation.