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SDI announced July 29 that it had acquired healthcare information and services company Verispan.

BY Alaric DeArment

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. SDI announced July 29 that it had acquired healthcare information and services company Verispan.

SDI said it had created the healthcare industry’s most comprehensive longitudinal database serving the pharmacy, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, financial and consumer packaged goods market segments, among others. The company said the acquisition would combine its patient-level analytics with Verispan’s patient-level data and audit-based analytic solutions.

Clients will benefit, SDI stated, from such patient-level analytics capabilities and expertise as the tracking of pharmaceutical and device utilization, marketing effectiveness studies, market research audits, comprehensive managed care offerings, data integration services, clinical data collection programs, patient therapy management pharmacy programs and marketing services programs.

“The acquisition of Verispan is an important element of our growth strategy, and it extends our ability to meet client needs throughout the entire spectrum of health-care data and analyses, SDI chief executive officer Andrew Kress said. “We consider this an important milestone toward our goal of continuing to deploy innovative next-generation health-care analytic products and services.”

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Study suggests link between heart disease and cognitive problems

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A study published July 23 in the European Heart Journal shows a relationship between heart disease and cognitive problems in middle-aged men and women.

The study examined 10,308 subjects aged 35 to 55 starting in the late 1980s. It recorded heart attacks and other heart problems up until 2004 and administered cognitive tests to 5,837 subjects.

The study found that subjects who developed heart disease scored lower on cognitive tests than those who did not. It could not determine, however, whether heart disease caused impairments or vice versa.

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Survey says: Americans in favor of e-prescribing, overhauling health care

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CHICAGO A survey released Thursday indicates that 82 percent of Americans think the health-care system in the United States needs to be either changed or overhauled, according to reports.

The Commonwealth Fund, which conducted the survey, looked at a random sampling of 1,004 American adults in May. Of the respondents, 32 percent said the system needed an overhaul, while 50 percent said it needed change.

Twenty-eight percent of respondents also reported that administrative hassles over insurance and bills as serious problems.

The survey also showed that 86 percent of respondents think doctors should transition to electronic health-care records, while 89 percent said doctors should be able to access test results electronically. Seventy-one percent support electronic prescriptions.

Thirty-two percent of respondents reported duplicative or unnecessary care.

Meanwhile, 44 percent expressed a desire to access their health records online, while 48 percent said they would communicate with their doctors by email and schedule appointments online.

About 47 million Americans lack health insurance. Electronic records are the norm in many countries, but have yet to catch on in the U.S.

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