The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said last week that it's creating a medical-errors tracking system for the Department of Veterans Affairs that will resemble the reporting system NASA runs for the Federal Aviation Administration. The voluntary system is expected to be running by year-end and will be operated by NASA.
Online medical supplier Neoforma.com, Santa Clara, Calif., and Eclipsys Corp., a Delray Beach, Fla., healthcare technology vendor, last week agreed to dissolve their
2-month-old merger plans without termination fees. Instead, the companies plan to sign a co-marketing and distribution agreement. A day after the announcement, Neoforma laid off 80 of its 370 employees. Neoforma lost $32 million in the first quarter on revenue of $1.2 million. According to a written statement, the layoffs position Neoforma for streamlining operations after acquiring EquipMD, Atlanta, and inking a 10-year services agreement with Novation, Irving, Texas.
The Internet Healthcare Coalition, Washington, late last month released a code of ethics for health-related World Wide Web sites. The code encourages physicians to inform consumers of the Internet's limitations as a treatment tool and suggests that Web sites tell consumers how information they share online will be used.
Apache Medical Systems last week named William Knaus, M.D., its new president and chief executive officer, effective July 1. He replaces Peter Gladkin, whose employment contract is ending. Knaus, 53, was a founder of Apache and has been its chief scientific adviser and a director. He is a department chair at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Apache, based in McLean, Va., makes clinical decision support and outcomes software for high-risk patients.