A Medical Device Daily

InTouch Technologies (Santa Barbara, California) reported that it has entered into a co-marketing agreement with Concentric Medical (Mountain View, California) to give stroke patients access to stroke expertise and care.

InTouch said stroke is a leading application for its Remote Presence technology and added that this partnership is part of a focused effort by the company in the field of telestroke to advance the standard of stroke care.

Remote Presence (RP-7) systems have already been deployed in more than 100 stroke network hospitals around the country, the company said, with results including improved geographical reach of stroke specialists and more timely delivery of appropriate stroke care. These networks also have resulted in enhanced stroke education and awareness throughout the community, further improving stroke care and patient outcomes.

Part of InTouch Health's focused efforts in telestroke has involved the development of new product features, such as StrokeRespond, tailored expressly to extend the functionality of the Remote Presence technology for stroke experts.

It said the second leg of this effort involves strategic partnering with leaders in the healthcare industry, such as Concentric Medical, in order to accelerate the growth of comprehensive telestroke network solutions.

Concentric makes devices for clot removal in acute ischemic stroke patients. The Merci Retrieval System is designed to restore blood flow in patients who suffer an ischemic stroke. To date more than 8,000 patients at in excess of 250 stroke centers around the world have benefited from this procedure. The companies will work together with hospitals that wish to use these technologies to create centers of excellence for treating ischemic stroke.

Maria Sainz, president/CEO of Concentric, said, "Concentric Medical is excited to team with InTouch Health to bring about real change in the way hospitals address the care of acute ischemic stroke and the reach they can have in their efforts. Prompt accessibility to physicians who can provide all interventional options including Concentric's Merci Retriever is a critical component in the effective treatment of this disease."

Yulun Wang, PhD, chairman/CEO of InTouch Technologies, said, "Together we have an opportunity to give stroke patients everywhere a better chance of survival by delivering faster and more efficient access to state-of-the-art stroke expertise and care through our Remote Presence telestroke networks."

In other agreements/contracts news:

Swissray International (East Brunswick, New Jersey) said it has been awarded a three-year, dual-source contract to supply digital radiography systems to members of the Adventist Health System (Winter Park, Florida).

John Monahan, senior v-p of strategic accounts for Swissray, said, "We are very proud to have been selected by the members of Adventist Health System. I have come to recognize them as a quality organization that is determined to improve healthcare. Their product evaluation process is value-driven and quality versus cost is where Swissray DR Systems excel."

He added, "More than ever before, healthcare providers are searching for better utilization of scarce resources. [Our] DR systems enable the provider to significantly decrease cost and increase staff efficiency and job satisfaction, while improving the delivery of patient care without expanding space. With our Automated Positioning System, Swissray's DR solutions offer the fastest patient throughput in the industry at the lowest radiation dose."

InforMedix Holdings (Rockville, Maryland) reported an alliance with Audiopoint (also Rockville), to provide voice-enabled communications, automatic speech recognition, and medication compliance and persistence information services in real-time on mobile devices; to improve medication compliance and persistence, which reduces healthcare costs and increases pharmaceutical company and pharmacy sales revenues. Audiopoint is a provider of voice and data services.

InforMedix's Med-eXpert and Med-ePhone systems provide real-time, customizable, actionable information about the medication adherence and health status of chronically ill patients using any cellular or home telephone service. The joint technology combines Audiopoint's consumer-centric voice portal with InforMedix's Med-eXpert system to link patient data with each of the key stakeholders administering care including family members, pharmacists, caregivers and physicians.

Under the agreement, InforMedix and Audiopoint will market InforMedix's Med-ePhone System to both companies' existing and future non-healthcare corporate and consumer customers.

Picis (Wakefield, Massachusetts) reported agreements with six health systems in the U.S. and Canada to replace their existing operating room (OR) and anesthesia information systems (AIS) with Picis' solutions.

They include Bellevue Hospital Center (New York), Enloe Medical Center (Chico, California), Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (Salinas, California), The Ottawa Hospital (Ottawa), Tufts Medical Center (Boston), and University Health System (San Antonio).

Orchestrate Healthcare (Greenwood Village, Colorado), a provider of healthcare IT application integration consulting services, recently signed a new agreement with Lancaster General (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) to provide training, mentoring and operational support to their integration team. The relationship between the two organizations was established over a year and a half ago. Orchestrate Healthcare's expertise allows Lancaster General to utilize its integration engine to its fullest potential.

Lawson Software (St. Paul, Minnesota) reported that South Jersey Healthcare (Vineland, New Jersey) licensed the Lawson Human Resource Management Suite, along with the Lawson S3 Enterprise Financial Management and Business Intelligence Suites. The organization will use the Lawson enterprise solutions to help simplify workforce management, improve financial transparency and create a single, unified business system. The contract was signed during Lawson's 4Q08, which ended May 31.

Sepaton (Marlborough, Massachusetts) said that U.S. Oncology (Houston) has deployed its enterprise-class virtual tape library (VTL), the S2100-ES2 at its Houston data center to back up and restore its critical patient and business data. Sepaton's VTL technology is an important part of a longer-term plan to eliminate the use of physical tape and to open a second data center to serve as its disaster recovery site.

"Patient data is critically important," said Scott Booth, data center manager for U.S. Oncology. "The immediate availability of medical records ensures a better patient experience while allowing our affiliated practices to operate more efficiently."