Here is Health Data Management’s weekly roundup of health IT contract wins and go-lives.
- Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System in Salinas, Calif., has gone live on software from Pure Storage to improve the performance of legacy applications, as well as supporting a next-generation electronic health record and a picture archiving and communications system. The 263-bed hospital and affiliated clinic has improved its practice management system response time and is able to refresh rounding reports four times faster than previously, boosting productivity, it reports. The hospital also can refresh its digital status board in emergency departments and other high-impact areas more rapidly.
- Covenant Health, a Catholic healthcare system serving New England, is deploying a telemedicine system from TripleCare at St. Mary’s Villa in Elmhurst Township, Pa. St. Mary’s is an elder care facility with a 112-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, which also supports respite and hospice care, as well as a 64-bed independent and assisted living retirement community. St. Mary’s is the fifth Covenant facility using TripleCare to provide remote telemedicine services when staff physicians are not onsite, which now enables physician access 24 hours a day.
- Six-hospital Legacy Health in Oregon and Washington has implemented advanced care planning software from Vynca to enhance end-of-life care for patients. The software includes an electronic registry for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment forms, which are legal documents outlining the care that patients want to receive at the end of life or in a medical emergency situation. “We needed a technology that would seamlessly integrate with our Epic EHR platform which will allow our employees and physicians to easily access and honor the end-of-life wishes of our patients,” says John Kenagy, senior vice president and chief information officer at Legacy Health.
- The Visiting Nurses Association of Maryland has selected the telehealth software of MetTel for remote monitoring of patients with the goal of reducing readmissions. The association was looking for reliable telehealth services that could grow with its patient workload without incurring large equipment or operational costs. In general, monitoring of patients can be done in the patient home, with data transmitted via the MetTel devices and network connections to clinicians and caregivers.
- Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services, a statewide health information exchange, is using software from openAirWare to enable health plan partners to securely communicate with each other across the state. The software converts any Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture, known as the C-CDA, to standards accepted by the American National Standards Institute for electronic data exchange. This enables insurers to get up-to-date claim status and related responses. The software also supports use of the HEDIS set of tools used by health plans to measure performance of care and service and to prepare for electronic clinical quality measure reporting.