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Misys Healthcare Systems (Raleigh, North Carolina), focused on healthcare IT, reported that it has entered into an agreement with Lifetime Management Solutions (LMS; Rochester, New York) to make Misys Homecare available to small and mid-size home care and hospice agencies in the northeastern U.S.

Lifetime Care is using Misys Homecare to automate all of its business processes, from patient registration and scheduling to billing.

Misys Homecare enables homecare facilities to capture, integrate and act on patient data in real-time. Misys Homecare is part of the Misys Optimum family of clinical products and web-based technologies that connect community-based physicians and caregivers to the acute care enterprise.

Lifetime Care, the result of a merger between Genesee Region Home Care and ViaHealth Home Care, has 1,300 employees including 300 professional field staff.

In other agreements news:

GE Healthcare (Waukesha, Wisconsin) reported the company will offer wCareAssist, a wireless application developed by Care Fusion (McLean, Virginia), on the Dinamap ProCare and Pro Series monitors to commercial hospitals nationwide.

Dinamap monitors are designed for a patient population that includes neonatal, pediatric and adults. By combining the Dinamap monitor with Care Fusion's wCareAssist, GE expects to better provide workflow benefits by helping to eliminate transcription errors and reduce chart time.

wCareAssist, which runs on a hand-held PDA device, is designed to allow clinicians to interface patient vital signs from Dinamap ProCare and Pro Series monitors into an electronic medical record (EMR) without manual transcription and without moving an entire workstation to a patient's bedside. The application software uses barcode technology to verify patient identification information and can be programmed to perform continuous patient monitoring automatically, recording the history of the patient's vital signs and then sending that information wirelessly to an EMR.

Amicas (Boston), which focuses on radiology and medical image and information management solutions, reported that San Diego Imaging (SDI) has chosen Amicas as its information technology partner for its new imaging center.

Amicas' Vision Series RIS and Vision Series Document Management will complement Vision Series PACS, which is deployed at Children's Hospital of San Diego where the SDI radiologists practice.

SDI staffs five hospitals and four outpatient imaging centers, and is part of Children's Hospital and Health Center. SDI's new imaging center, located near Children's Hospital, will be completely digital and feature the latest in diagnostic imaging technology.

Amicas Vision Series Document Management will provide paperless operations at every step in the imaging process, from patient check-in, to technologist imaging, to radiologist interpretation, and ultimately to medical billing.