Tech update

• VerticalNet (Horsham, PA) has entered into an alliance with Kelly Healthcare Resources (KHR), a business unit of Kelly Services (Troy, MI), in which VerticalNet will provide a resource of career and training services for healthcare professionals at Nurses.com, the company’s Web site for the nursing profession. KHR will co-sponsor the Nurses.com career development resour ces, post open KNHR positions in Nurses.com’s Career Center, offer training via a new e-commerce center on VerticalNet’s Web site, sponsor a series of interviews with prominent nursing career experts, and develop specialized site content.

In the telemedicine segment, unit sales have been higher, but equipment prices have dropped in response to stronger competition from low-cost desktop solutions, according to a recently published Feedback Research Services report. Home care telemedicine, the report said, is currently dominated by one well-established competitor in the United States, American TeleCare (Eden Prairie, MN), but launches by major electronics companies in 2000 could change this picture. The report said the important question for healthcare product manufacturers is whether telemedicine can ever reach the huge potential everyone anticipated during the mid 1990s. For more information on the report, call (800) 927-8071.

Phoenix Healthcare Corp. (Dallas) said it will exit the underperforming healthcare services business to become a healthcare technology company. The company said, effective last week, Healthcare Information Technologies (HIT; Dallas) has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Phoenix. Phoenix said it will concentrate its efforts on rapidly growing its healthcare technology business. HIT has developed two patient-specific software systems that will facilitate efficient ordering and tracking of medical products intended for use by healthcare providers. The software will provide users the tools necessary to track patient information, billing, and medical supplies. HIT will market its products to home care and hospice companies, as well as medical supply companies and hospitals.

• Simione Central (Atlanta) has released version 2.5 of The Smart ClipBoard clinical information system. The new version is available immediately, the company said. Version 2.5 provides enhancements to the existing Smart ClipBoard functionality, including improved replication functionality, plan-of-care merge function, user-defined ICD-9 sub-setting, revised order screens, and several new report options, Simione said. Simione in July acquired the Smart ClipBoard from CareCentric Solutions. The system is the home care industry’s leading Windows 95, pen-compatible, clinical information system, said Simione.