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Surescripts adds nearly 100 health systems to network

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — Surescripts has announced that it is experiencing considerable growth in the adoption of broad health information exchanges this year, with the addition of nearly 100 major health systems to its network.

Surescripts’ clinical messaging capabilities are now utilized by more than 2,000 provider organizations, including 130 health systems representing 971 hospitals and more than 18% of all staffed beds in the country, as well as 23 health information exchanges and health information service providers.

“There is no question that healthcare is going digital — the progress we’ve made is proof that providers across the country are sharing critical information to coordinate patient care,” said Tom Skelton, CEO, Surescripts. “With proven network technology and established relationships across the healthcare economy, Surescripts is uniquely positioned to unleash the full potential of American health care to improve quality while saving precious time and resources.”

By connecting to the Surescripts network, thousands of healthcare providers nationwide, including many of the country’s large, academic health systems, are able to send and receive authenticated, encrypted health information directly between trusted recipients at other healthcare organizations.

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New Spaghetti Headz hair accessory hits market

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Morphmallow has introduced its Spaghetti Headz, a funky new hair styling fashion accessory for girls of all ages.

Made of polymer clay, this eco-friendly swirl of fun is available in a variety of collectible, themed charm packages

All the twist and charm designs are hand drawn and designed by Eff Creative Group, a creative business development firm that helps in the growth and expansion of companies or start-ups. Eff is behind the strategic planning, branding and marketing, as well as the business implementation of Spaghetti Headz.

Spaghetti Headz just launched at the ABC Kids Expo, held in Las Vegas from Sept. 7 to 10, and styled more than 1,000 heads at the show.
 

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McKesson names new independent directors to board

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

SAN FRANCISCO —McKesson has elected Donald R. Knauss and Susan Salka as new independent directors, effective Oct. 20, bringing the size of the board of directors to 11.

“Don and Susan are both terrific additions to the McKesson Board,” stated John H. Hammergren, chairman and CEO, McKesson Corp. “Don will bring strong international business management and retail expertise, while Susan brings a deep understanding of emerging trends in healthcare services. The addition of Don and Susan to the Board reflects our ongoing commitment to refreshing and strengthening the diversity of our Board and maintaining industry-leading governance practices.”

Knauss has served as chairman and CEO of The Clorox Co. since October 2006. Beginning Nov. 20, he will serve as chairman only, in a newly created executive chairman role. He was EVP of The Coca-Cola Co. and president and COO for Coca-Cola North America from February 2004 until September 2006. Prior to his employment with The Coca-Cola Co., he held various positions in marketing and sales with PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble and served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He is also a director of the Kellogg Co. and a member of the board of trustees of both Morehouse College and the University of San Diego. He was formerly a director of URS Corp.

Salka has served as CEO and president of AMN Healthcare Services since 2005, and a director of the company since 2003. She has served in several other executive roles since joining the company in 1990, including COO, CFO and SVP of business development. Salka is also a director of The Campanile Foundation at San Diego State University. She was formerly a director of Beckman Coulter, Playtex Products, University of California San Diego’s Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and the BIOCOM Institute.

The Board has appointed Knauss and Salka as members of its Audit Committee and its Governance Committee.
 

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