Group purchasing organization goliath Novation inked six new agreements this week for MRI scanners and equipment.
The two-year, multi-source agreements are effective Jan. 1, 2012, and were awarded to Esaote, Hitachi Medical (NYSE:HIT), GE Healthcare (NYSE:GE), Philips Healthcare (NYSE:PHG), Siemens Medical (NYSE:SI) and Toshiba America Medical Systems (TYO:6502).
The deals provide the Irving, Texas-based company’s supply locations with MRI scanners and accessories, upgrades, service and refurbished equipment.
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Watermark Medical Inc. signed a multiyear national contract with UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) subsidiary UnitedHealthcare for home sleep testing service for the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea.
Watermark will work directly with UnitedHealthcare doctors to diagnosis patients in the comfort of their own home at a fraction of the cost of a traditional in-lab sleep study, according to the company.
Lawrence, Mass.-based NxStage Medical (NASDAQ:NXTM) landed a multi-year contract to supply Atlantic Dialysis Management Services with its Vasc-Alert surveillance system.
Hospital GPOs have been vocal about signing contract recently, perhaps in response to Medtronic’s (NYSE:MDT) headline-making, Wall Street-pleasing decision to cut several contracts worth an estimated $2 billion a year for its cardiovascular and orthopedic products with Novation in February.
GPO giant Premier Healthcare Alliance signed contracts earlier this year with med-tech giants Covidien (NYSE:COV), Medline Industries, and Siemens AG (NYSE:SI).