Allscripts e-technology networks 85 physicians of MSPB
CHICAGO Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches has selected an automation system by Allscripts to connect its 85 physicians, Allscripts announced Wednesday.
Allscripts said that MSPB had selected its Enterprise Electronic Health Record system for its 33 primary and specialty care offices in Paul Beach County, Fla.
“We wanted an electronic health record that would delivery the efficiencies and cost sagings we’ve come to expect from the technology, but that would also enable us to go to managed care providers and say, ‘We now have the tools and information to help you better manage the quality of care patients receive,’” MSPB CEO Manny Fernandez said in a statement.
Allscripts Enterprise automates several clinical tasks and connects physicians to information from other healthcare users and providers including pharmacies, payers, labs and patients. It delivers instant access to information at the point of care, whether providers are in the clinic, at the hospital or on-call at home.
General Mills donates to charity and advertises through NBC’s ‘Biggest Loser’
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. Major food manufacturer General Mills is backing NBC’s hit show “Biggest Loser” with its first-ever advertising slot for the show’s seventh season, which started Tuesday night. The spot will be viewed by approximately 8.6 million viewers, and fall 2008 showed a 2% rise in adult viewers ages 18 to 49, a demographic that advertisers often like to target. Nine other marketers from the show’s December season will also be advertising.
General Mills is also sponsoring a “Pound for Pound Challenge” in which the Cheerios and Progresso soup maker will be contributing 10 cents to Feeding America for every pound of weight loss pledged at biggestloser.com.
“This is our first integrated partnership of this kind,” said John Haugen, General Mills’ vice president of health and wellness. “We’re looking for a positive impact on all of our brands.”
Though popular (“Biggest Loser” averaged 8.9 million viewers last January), the show will be rivaling Fox’s incredibly successful “American Idol,” which begins next week and also airs Tuesday nights. Idol can bring in an audience of up to 25 million.
Adventrx faces further workforce cuts
SAN DIEGO After laying off 55 percent of its workforce, Adventrx is planning further reductions in its employees to extend its remaining cash reserves, the company announced Monday.
The company said that in the end, it will have 14 employees. It has also reduced and delayed spending on third-party consulting and vendor services, including contract manufacturing.
The remaining employees will evaluate options for the future and continue the company?s study of the drug candidate ANX-514 (docetaxel emulsion) and submitting an approval application for the candidate ANX-530 (vinorelbine emulsion).
“It’s never easy to let go employees, particularly those who have been with the company for many years and who have made contributions to the company,” Adventrx board chairman Jack Lief said in a statement.