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May-June 2013 News Briefs

June 21, 2013 | News and products from around the clinical and health-IT industry including an EHR for psychiatrists, the results of an 8-country health-IT survey, an analytics platform for health care, and more. 
Comprehend Systems and Merge Healthcare’s eClinical Solutions division have integrated Comprehend Clinical with Merge’s eClinical OS to enable Merge’s growing base of sponsor and contract research organization (CRO) customers to gain critical insights into end-to-end clinical and operational data – without the need for costly programming, data warehousing or business intelligence (BI) tools. Merge will provide its customers with data insights and reporting powered by Comprehend. Comprehend Systems 
EvolveMed and BestNotes are partnering to integrate EvolveMed’s TalkChart with BestNote's powerful EHR system to create an innovative, easy-to-use solution for psychiatrists. The integration will let physicians create a specialty-specific electronic note. The final document is automatically interfaced with BestNotes, with the same look, feel and properties of a BestNotes note. Psychiatrists will be able to take advantage of Single Sign-On and a seamless simplified interface, while administrative personnel continue to effortlessly leverage the BestNotes features they've always relied upon. EvolveMed 
CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services (CTI) and Galectin Therapeutics are collaborating on a first-in-man Phase I clinical trial that will support a proposed indication of GR-MD-02 for treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH or fatty liver disease) with advanced fibrosis. CTI [PDF] 
An eight-country survey of 3,700 doctors in Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United States showed that Singapore doctors are increasingly using healthcare IT to improve treatment and diagnosis, as well as to reduce administrative tasks and improve productivity. The majority of Singapore doctors (87 percent) believe that the quality of patient care, throughout the healthcare system, has improved because of the use of electronic medical records. Accenture 
IMS Health’s Clinical Trials Optimization Solution (CTOS) group has announced the release of GrantPlan 3.5, the latest version of the company’s clinical trials cost benchmarking product. GrantPlan 3.5 helps trial and project managers forecast, budget and negotiate investigator grants; leverages the breadth and depth of IMS Health data, supporting complexity calculations for study budgets based on data mining of tens of thousands of grants, pulling out which indications, patient and procedure types increase costs beyond the expected range; adds improvements to emerging country budgets; adds shortcuts to the most frequently used procedures for a protocol’s therapeutic area; and helps study managers ensure that a trial budget is paying fair market value to investigators.  IMS Health 
MedeAnalytics has unveiled its new G2 Analytics Platform for health care analytics. Powered by HP Vertica, the G2 Analytics Platform can analyze massive amounts of "big data" significantly faster than competitive systems. G2 is a platform that can facilitate and support the broad range of MedeAnalytics' solutions, for both health care providers and health plans. The six dimensions of the G2 Analytics Platform are big data analytics; HIPAA-secure cloud; mobile applications; real-time data integration; workflow intelligence; and predictive modeling. MedeAnalytics 
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