Stories by Health-IT World staff

Health IT alliance opens Washington office

The National Alliance for Health Information Technology opened a Washington office this week, naming long-time health policy lobbyist Bill Head, who had previously worked for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, as the group's VP of policy and government affairs. Head's appointment and the opening of the office reflects NAHIT's goal of bringing public policy in line with private sector consensus.

IDX finalizes NHS deal with BT

FRAMINGHAM (04/01/2004) - IDX Systems Corp. said it finalized an agreement to serve as a subcontractor to BT for the London-based telecom giant's multibillion-dollar contract with the U.K. National Health Service. IDX will help BT design and install a patient record system for the London region as part of the NHS National Programme for Information Technology, an ambitious effort to wire 50 million patients in England with an interconnected healthcare records system.

Health system adopts Trizetto software

FRAMINGHAM (04/01/2004) - The California-based John Muir/Mt.Diablo Health System has selected The Trizetto Group Inc.'s Facets Extended Enterprise administrative system for its 70,000-member health network, a move that John Muir/Mt. Diablo officials said would improve workflow, ease claims processing, and allow for improved tracking of customer service metrics. In addition, the Facets system will streamline the referral process for the network by automating parts of that process.

NetScreen signs Cerner as customer

FRAMINGHAM (04/01/2004) - NetScreen Technologies Inc. said it has signed Cerner Corp. as a customer for its network security system, and NetScreen said it will replace the proxy-based software firewall at Cerner with an integrated firewall and virtual private network. Cerner officials said the move will cut the costs of frame relays and leased lines while maintaining security.

Kodak beefs up radiology presence with acquisition

FRAMINGHAM (11/20/2003) - Eastman Kodak Co. beefed up its presence in the digital radiology arena by announcing it would buy Algotec Systems for US$42.5 million. Privately-held Algotec is a developer of picture archiving and communications systems, and Kodak said it planned to use its new purchase as a "center of excellence" in creating PACS innovations.