Healthcare alliance VHA has signed an agreement with a Dallas-based vendor of software-integration technology in which the company's main product will be promoted to the alliance's membership of 1,300 healthcare organizations.
The three-year agreement with HCI Communications is the latest in VHA's push to research and recommend specific information technology that meets emerging business needs.
HCI markets a sophisticated software product that translates and manages the routing of incompatible electronic messages among multiple information systems. Called an interface engine, the software device integrates systems that otherwise would not be capable of swapping data.
A handful of companies market such products, which meet a business demand in healthcare for ways to connect sources of computerized information among consolidating facilities and departments (May 8, 1995, p. 49).
VHA's information technology assessment program also has endorsed products of six other companies marketing products that help automate and reduce costs.
The $22 million initiative was launched in September 1995.