GE Healthcare (Waukesha, Wisconsin) reported that Upper Valley Medical Center (Troy, Ohio), a non-profit 139-bed community hospital, has purchased GE’s Centricity Enterprise PACS for its main facility and four outpatient sites. GE will install a full suite of imaging storage technologies, which is comprised of radiology and cardiology PACS (picture archiving and communications system) and Centricity CR, which scans image plates, digitizes the data and automatically transmits the image to the processing workstation for editing and storing in the PACS. GE's system will be integrated with the facility’s current hospital information system and will have integration with GE’s Muse cardiology information system.

Medical Carbon Research Institute (Austin, Texas), manufacturer of the On-X prosthetic heart valve, reported the formation of a strategic alliance with Quality Assured Services (Orlando, Florida), a pro-vider of anticoagulation monitoring products and services, to promote the use of anticoagulation self-monitoring by recipients of the On-X valve. QAS will provide the ProTime system from ITC for patient self monitoring and the feedback system that allows physicians to oversee treatment and data capture.

Siemens Medical Solutions (Malvern, Pennsylvania) reported agreements with Novation (Irving, Texas) whereby Siemens will provide a “broad range” of imaging solutions to meet the needs of those facilities. The agreement began Sept. 1. Several of the agreements, for MRI and cardiac/vascular imaging, also are included in a national group buy program whereby Novation negotiates additional discounts based on purchases planned by multiple hospitals within a quarter.

SIRS-Lab (Jena, Germany) entered into a collaboration agreement with Biosite (San Diego) for the evaluation and potential commercialization of sepsis markers. SIRS-Lab will provide access to selected biomarkers for sepsis. Biosite will then make antibodies to those selected targets using the company's antibody development process, which combines immunization of mice and phage display to generate diverse libraries of Omniclonal antibodies with high affinity and low cross-reactivity.

Winland Electronics (Mankato, Minnesota), a maker of custom electronic control products and systems, reported signing a two-year purchase and supply agreement with Cardiac Science (Bothell, Washington), a manufacturer of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and provider of AED/CPR training and AED program management services. Winland will build printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) for Cardiac Science’s new hospital defibrillator and its AED training device.

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