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Quality Systems Acquires Opus Healthcare Solutions

Quality Systems, Inc (QSI), a provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, has entered into an agreement to acquire Opus Healthcare Solutions, Inc. The acquisition complements and will be integrated with the assets of Sphere Health Systems, Inc, which were acquired in August 2009. Both companies are established developers of software and services for the inpatient market and will become part of NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc, QSI’s wholly owned subsidiary.

NextGen Healthcare will focus on providing solutions to hospitals with 100 beds or fewer, a marketplace that has been historically underserved and is in need of state-of-the-art systems.

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Austin, Tex., Opus Healthcare Solutions delivers Web-based clinical solutions to hospital systems and integrated health networks nationwide and is one of only three companies worldwide that has achieved the 2008 CCHIT Certified Inpatient EHR System Certification Level.

Sphere Health Systems is a Laguna Hills, Calif.-based application software development and consulting firm. NextGen Healthcare acquired the company’s SPIRIT ENTERPRISE product, a comprehensive hospital information system that includes applications for patient management, decision support, financial management, and human resources.

— Source: Quality Systems, Inc


Christiana Care Rolls Out CPOE System

Christiana Care Health System in Delaware recently launched a computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system. The system went live in January at Christiana Care’s Wilmington Hospital and soon thereafter at Christiana Hospital. It is the most extensive use of CPOE in Delaware and one of only a handful of such systems in the region.

Christiana Care already had bar-coded wristbands and an electronic medication administration record system in place, putting it in a small and elite group. According to HIMSS standards, the addition of CPOE puts Christiana Care in the top 3.6% of hospitals in the United States. More important, Christiana Care is nearing its ultimate goal of establishing a comprehensive EHR system.

— Source: Christiana Care Health System


New England Medical Transcription Welcomes New Vice President

New England Medical Transcription (NEMT) recently announced the addition of Mike Irwin to its executive team. Irwin, who joined the company in January, is the new vice president of client relations and is charged with expanding the NEMT’s business relationships.

Irwin has been in the medical transcription business since graduating from college, first as a salesman of voice-recording equipment and later as the owner of his own medical transcription business, Pro-Scribe, Inc, of Chattanooga, Tenn., which he launched in 1992. Starting with two transcriptionists, he used his expertise in sales and transcription technology to grow his company to more than 170 medical transcriptionists.

In 2004, he sold his company to CyMed and took a position as CyMed’s southeast regional president, managing more than 270 medical transcriptionists and support staff. When CyMed was sold to SPi America, he was promoted to national director of sales. Now, as the NEMT’s new vice president of client relations, Irwin will bring new hospitals into the NEMT organization and will expand the company’s operations from its stronghold in the northeast to other regions in the country.

— Source: New England Medical Transcription