ROUNDUP: DocPlanet.com’s Systems Go to Market
Santa Ana-based DocPlanet.com is set to begin sales of its DocScript and MasterChart systems, two Internet-based tools that will allow doctors to do away with traditional pen-and-paper prescription-writing and chart-keeping. The DocScript application, contained on a palm-sized device, will enable physicians to "create electronic prescriptions, validate scripts against plan-specific formularies, check drug interaction data, generate prescription-related patient information and improve refill management," according to company executives. In addition to the e-prescription management software, sales forces also plan to pitch MasterChart, "fully integrated voice recording software for medical note transcription, vital signs data input and patients' record management." DocPlanet.com Senior Vice President of Business Development Roger Moxley said the system offers doctors a "very affordable, easy-to-learn and use, hand-held solution which complements [their] daily routines, enhances their productivity and improves patient care" (DocPlanet.com release, 2/7).
Jacksonville, Fla.-based HealthScreen America has inked a deal with investment bank Robert W. Baird to raise between $25 million and $50 million so the company can expand globally its mobile and retail health screening network, the Business Journal of Jacksonville reports. Executives hope eventually to post the results of health screenings on the Internet, allowing clients to download them and show them to their doctors. HealthScreen America President and CEO Fred Fey said, "R.W. Baird ... appreciate[s] exactly what we're trying to do and the impact HealthScreen America will have on the consumer health industry" (Guity, 2/7).
In an effort to "streamline its operating costs electronically," HealthSouth of Birmingham, Ala., has forged an alliance with Atlanta's MedCenterDirect.com. HealthSouth will now order supplies and equipment for almost all its 2,000 locations from the Internet-based company. In addition, HealthSouth has assumed a 25% stake in MedCenterDirect.com. Company executives said the move could save up to $250 million over five years. "We are confident that MedCenterDirect.com can successfully help us manage the cost-effective procurement of supplies and equipment across our national network while providing the flexibility and customized options that we need to be responsive to the physicians, patients and payors we serve," HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy said (Tomberlin, Birmingham News, 2/15).