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PatientKeeper releases year-end summary of success

BY Drew Buono

BOSTON PatientKeeper, a physician information systems company, has released a view of what made 2007 a great year for the company. The increase in business was due to industry demand for a single point of access to clinical information, community health information exchange, and revenue cycle management tools, the company experienced growth across all market segments.

According to the company, it bolstered its market leadership position in 2007 by adding six new applications to the Physician Information System. These include four clinical applications:

  • PatientKeeper eSignature — enables bi-directional functionality with health information systems allowing physicians to sign clinical notes and orders anywhere from any device.
  • PatientKeeper Forms — speeds form completion and accuracy by automatically populating forms with relevant patient information and routing them to the appropriate destination.
  • PatientKeeper Sign-Out — automates the transfer of clinical information and tasks at physician shift changes.
  • PatientKeeper ePrescription — allows clinicians to write and send a complete prescription with all necessary patient information in just seconds — directly from the PatientKeeper system to the pharmacy.

And two revenue cycle applications:

  • PatientKeeper P4P, which satisfies Pay for Performance reporting requirements by helping physicians to gather and submit quality and compliance data along with their charge capture information.
  • PatientKeeper Analytics, which extends the business value of PatientKeeper’s industry-leading charge capture suite with powerful “out of the box” reporting and dashboards.

“Our vision has always been to improve the physician experience with technology by developing integration technology and software that truly automates the day in the life of the physician across all locations and settings of care,” said Paul Brient, PatientKeeper president and chief executive officer. “More than anything, our exceptional growth in 2007 is attributable to PatientKeeper’s ability to deliver software that physicians use to save time, improve patient care and improve financial performance.”

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Parata launches PACMED C30 packaging technology

BY Drew Buono

DURHAM, N.C. Parata Systems has launched its new product, the PACMED C30, which is a packaging technology used to extend the safety and convenience of its onePAC packaging system.

onePac is a strip that contains information like patients’ medications, patient names, pill descriptions and time of day to take a dose of the medication. On the strip, up to 19 lines of information can be held. The goal of the strips are to remind patients who take multiple medications when to take what medications and how much of each medication.

The PACMED C30 expands on the technology of the onePAC by combining multiple onePAC strips together for easy access by patients. PACMED C30 is efficient and accurate, generating up to 60 unit-dose or 50 multi-dose packages a minute.

“Adherence is a critical touch point in the circle of pharmacy care, and Parata’s launch of PACMED C30 offers an exciting new way for pharmacies to extend their care by improving patient adherence, safety and convenience,” says Tom Rhoads, executive vice president for customer and market strategies at Parata Systems.

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Teva announces availablility of generic Fosamax

BY Drew Buono

NORTH WALES, Pa. Teva has announced the introduction and availability of alendronate sodium tablets.

This is the generic version of the osteoporosis drug Fosamax by Merck. The drug will be available in 5 mg, 10 mg, 35 mg, 40 mg and 70 mg strengths.

“Our customers count on Teva for a continuous supply of new generic products,” stated John Denman, vice president of sales and marketing. “With the launch of alendronate sodium tablets, we add another quality product to our broad line of affordable generic pharmaceuticals.”

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