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Foundation Radiology Group (FRG; Pittsburgh) has signed multi-year contracts with Pineville Community Hospital (PCH; Pineville, Kentucky) and Knox County Hospital (Barbourville, Kentucky) through which FRG will become the exclusive provider of diagnostic imaging professional services to two facilities, effective July 1.

CEO Brandon Chan, MD, of FRG, said, "The addition of Pineville Community and Knox County hospitals to our expanding roster of clients is further testament to our commitment to bring world-class subspecialty expertise and service level performance to the rural and suburban hospital market."

He added, "Their patients will immediately benefit from our unique hybrid staffing model, where the combination of on-site physicians, supported by our Pittsburgh-based, subspecialty physician teleradiology network, will deliver unprecedented levels of service to these institutions seven days a week, 365 days a year."

FRG uses PACS technology, an efficient workflow system, a carrier-grade telecommunications infrastructure and the Internet to provide what it said are "the fastest turnaround times in the industry" for diagnostic imaging reads.

Foundation Radiology Group is focused on serving non-university-affiliated healthcare institutions, with emphasis on serving the rural and suburban hospital segment. It seeks multi-year exclusive contracts for daytime and 7/24/365 full-service radiology bureaus.

In other grants/contracts news:

  • CompuMed (Los Angeles) reported agreements to continue providing ECG remote interpretation systems and services for state correctional departments in Iowa and Wyoming.
    Under the terms of the Iowa Department of Corrections agreement, CompuMed will provide remote cardiac screening on an as needed basis for more than 8,700 detainees at the department's nine main correctional facilities.
    The contract extension with the Wyoming Department of Corrections is through Prison Health Services, for which CompuMed will continue to serve as a value-added partner providing remote cardiac screening for detainees at Wyoming correctional facilities.
  • nSpire Health (Louisville, Colorado) said it signed a three-year contract with Premier Group Purchasing (San Diego). The dual-source agreement offers Premier hospitals and clinics access to nSpire Health's broad range of respiratory products and services, including the newly released HDpft pulmonary function testing systems and metabolic diagnostic instrumentation, through July 1, 2011.
    With the added benefits of HDpft, Premier's customers will be able to take advantage of several new advancements in lung function diagnostics and cardiopulmonary exercise testing, including iFlow, nSpire Health's newest development in flow sensor technology.
  • WiFiMed Holdings (Atlanta) said its wholly owned subsidiary, EncounterPRO Healthcare Resources, has signed three new clients. Lafayette Pediatric Clinic (Oxford, Mississippi), Faugot Pediatrics (Iberia, Louisiana) and the Pediatric and Adolescent Center (Lewes, Delaware) all have decided to employ the EncounterPRO EHR to document patient encounters and to facilitate office operations.