HIMSS09 attendance slips

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HIMSS09 attendance slips

Attendance was down about 5% at this year's HIMSS conference held April 4 to 8 in Chicago. The meeting, which focuses on healthcare information technology, still drew a respectable 27,500 attendees, however. Its sponsor, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, credited President Obama's call for computerized health records for all U.S. patients by 2014 and Chicago's central location for the strong showing.

Barco recruits hospital showcase

On April 28, Barco and the Dienst Medische Beeldvorming (Medical Imaging Department) of the AZ Groeninge hospital in Kortrijk, Belgium, plan to sign a Reference Site Program Agreement, providing the Belgian company with an internationally known hospital facility close to its headquarters to showcase product developments.

NightHawk names new CMO

Effective April 14, Dr. Timothy V. Myers has joined NightHawk Radiology as chief medical officer and senior vice president. For the past eight years, Myers has served as a practicing radiologist and head of the teleradiology division at St. Paul Radiology, one of the largest radiology groups in the country. He will receive an annual base salary of $400,000 and annual performance-based incentives up to 80% of this base. He has also been granted a restricted stock unit of 40,000 shares and an option to purchase up to 40,000 shares of NightHawk stock.

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