Industry round-up: Digital Healthcare, Eclipsys, GE, McKesson, Merge, Rcadia

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Cambridge, England-based Digital Healthcare (DH), a supplier of software for diabetic retinal imaging programmes and ophthalmology, appointed Jeff Gordon as chairman and managing director. Gordon joins DH after a career spanning 28 years in the ICT industry that has included senior management roles with Unisys. DH anticipates that Gordon will play a key role in helping the company become a leading global provider of innovative software for diabetic retinal screening programs and ophthalmology.

Eclipsys Corporation saw Q4 and year end 2006 revenues up $10.8 million to $115.9 million, compared to revenues of $105.1 million for the Q4 2005. On a GAAP basis, the Q4 2006 net income was $3.9 million compared to a net income of $5.0 million in 2005. For the year (ended December 31, 2006), revenues were $427.6 million. On a GAAP basis, net income for the year was $2.1 million.
In other Eclipsys news, the company named Nitin Deshpande as president of its India operations, where he will be responsible for managing all day-to-day operations of Eclipsys India. Deshpande comes from BMC Software, an enterprise management software provider, where he served as president and chief executive officer of the company's operations in India. Prior to BMC, Deshpande managed all the strategic business units and delivery support functions at Geometric Software and Solutions, a provider of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Product Development Management (PDM) services and solutions.

GE Healthcare has shipped its 100th Signa HDe 1.5T MR scanner a year after the system was introduced. The system shipped to SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, Lake Saint Louis, Mo. Signa HDe 1.5T provides lower operating costs and a small footprint, making onsite 1.5T MR services available to physicians’ offices and imaging centers previously unable to provide onsite 1.5T MR services, the company said.

Oxford HealthCare, a homecare provider in southwest Missouri, recently selected McKesson's Horizon Homecare advanced clinical solution to replace the organization's existing homecare documentation system. Oxford will deploy the integrated, point-of-care and administrative application to improve the workflow and care processes of more than 1,325 employees.

Merge Healthcare promoted Gary D. Bowers to president, Merge Healthcare North America, reporting directly to Kenneth D. Rardin, president and CEO of Merge Healthcare. Bowers will manage the company’s North America sales and business development channel, which provides medical imaging workflow software solutions to hospitals, imaging centers and specialty clinics throughout the United States and Canada. The role had been temporarily filled by Rardin. Bowers joined Merge Healthcare in September 2006, serving as senior vice president, Strategic Business Initiatives, and most recently led Merge Healthcare's onshore/offshore development, service and support initiative in Pune, India. Previously, he was senior vice president, Product Technology for Park City Solutions, and was a general partner of Rardin Capital Management, a technology and financial consulting firm. He also served in multiple senior executive roles at IMNET Systems.

Rcadia Medical Imaging, a developer of novel computer-aided diagnostic software, received FDA clearance to market its COR Analyzer I, which assists screening of triage patients for coronary artery disease. Rcadia’s COR Analyzer I and COR Analyzer II computer-aided diagnostic software packages use proprietary image processing algorithms to analyze CT angiography (CTA) studies to provide fast and accurate identification of coronary artery disease.