Vendor Notebook: Harris Corp. lands two new VA contracts

By Mike Miliard
01:52 PM
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Harris Corporation has been selected to provide system and software development services for the Enhance the Veteran Experience and Access to Healthcare (EVEAH) initiative by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Harris was awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) -- a one-year base contract, with a one-year option for service orders, and a ceiling of $199.6 million. The EVEAH Initiative is part of the VA's global effort to ensure all Veterans receive the healthcare they have earned through their service, working to identify and communicate with eligible Veterans who are unaware of their benefits, do not know how to enroll, or have mobility limitations that make it difficult to receive inpatient care. It focuses on access and quality of care within the VA healthcare system.

Harris Corporation has also landed a five-year, $54.9 million contract from VA to integrate a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) surgical workflow management solution that will reduce surgery wait times and cancellations, increase patient throughput, and improve the overall surgical experience for Veterans and their families. The Surgical Quality and Workflow Manager (SQWM) program represents the first time the VA has used a COTS solution for a clinical information system that is utilized enterprise-wide, improving the end-to-end workflow for surgeons, nurses and support staff by automating many clinical and administrative surgical tasks, including scheduling, accessing the patient's profile, ordering tests and tracking surgical assets.

TriageLogic has announced full implementation of its Nurse Triage On Call service at Cornerstone Health Care headquartered in High Point, N.C. Cornerstone is a group of more than 290 physicians and mid-level health professionals representing a wide range of specialties. Officials say the installation of the Nurse Triage On Call software system at Cornerstone, which serves hundreds of thousands of patients located in North Carolina, is a key example of TriageLogic’s ability to handle patient calls quickly, consistently and accurately.

Omnicell announced that Schneck Medical Center will implement the new fourth generation Omnicell G4 medication management solutions for pharmacy, nursing and perioperative care areas. The hospital chose Omnicell not only for the G4 technology platform, but also its modular approach to upgrades that allows Schneck to stay current with technology without the disruption of whole product replacement. Schneck expects to complete the installation in November 2011.

ImplementHIT
announced an agreement to provide OptimizeHIT, its patent-pending physician and clinician electronic health records (EHR) software training platform, to CapitalCare Medical Group. All 110 providers and hundreds of clinical and support staff at CapitalCare’s 27 sites will use this online learning software platform to enable EHR clinical adoption and meaningful use. ImplementHIT is the developer of sophisticated, customized education products and services that are driving organization-wide EHR adoption.
 
EXTENSION, INC. announced its clinical alerting and notification solutions are now integrated with Polycom wireless handset technology. The solution combines the EXTENSION server-based messaging software platform for enterprise healthcare organizations with the Polycom SpectraLink 8400 series wireless handsets. The solution will aggregate data from various IT and clinical systems and other medical devices and deliver time-sensitive alerts or notifications to the handsets commonly carried by nurses and other healthcare professionals. By allowing clinicians to receive contextual messages from any location, they can make more informed decisions regarding patient treatment and thus improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.

HP Enterprise Services announced the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Medical Services has extended its long-time service agreement with HP to manage the state’s Medicaid program. The $70 million, 27-month contract will assist the state in preparing for healthcare reforms and other pending changes while helping align Medicaid expenses with state revenues. As the fiscal agent for Arkansas since 1985, HP provides systems support and business process outsourcing services for the state’s Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS). HP will assist the state with healthcare reforms by implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act HITECH electronic health record incentives and federal HIPAA 5010 requirements.

Elsevier announced that West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC), a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and a public, two-year, degree-granting institution located in Paducah, Ky., has been using and will renew Elsevier's digital textbook suite for students in WKCTC's Radiography Program in 2012. WKCTC's Radiography Program prepares students for a career as a diagnostics radiographer through a 22-month program consisting of four semesters and one summer intersession. During the program, students take various courses that utilize Elsevier's Pageburst, a content delivery platform that allows users access to an entire library of Elsevier's digital textbooks.

Physio-Control announced its ReadyLink 12-Lead ECG device has been recognized as one of the Top Innovations of the Year by EMS World Magazine, a provider of emergency medical service (EMS) news and training for paramedics and EMTs, as well as other prehospital practitioners and public safety responders. ReadyLink enables basic life support EMS providers to acquire and transmit a patient’s 12-lead ECG to hospitals using the LIFENET System, Physio-Control’s cloud-based data management network for remote physician interpretation and decision support.

athenahealth announced that Alexian Brothers Health System, a diversified Catholic healthcare organization providing care in the Chicago area through the Alexian Brothers Medical Group (ABMG), their employed provider network of 190 medical providers, has expanded its relationship with athenahealth by selecting the Company’s cloud-based EHR service, athenaClinicals, and patient cycle management service, athenaCommunicator, to help improve physician and patient care coordination.

athenahealth also announced that the Harbin Clinic, Georgia’s largest physician-owned, multi-specialty medical group with 210 medical providers, has selected athenaClinicals for its physician group. The Harbin Clinic already leverages athenaCollector, athenahealth's cloud-based medical billing and practice management service, and the Company’s athenaCommunicator service to manage its patient communications.

TCS Healthcare Technologies announced the early release of Acuity Advanced Care (ACUITY), version 6.0.  ACUITY 6.0 is aimed at helping clients comply with the ICD-10 regulatory changes, as well as the HIPAA 5010 transaction standards mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). With ACUITY 6.0, TCS customers will be able to use both ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes and the user’s choice can be determined by each organization.

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems announced it recently signed an agreement with NVISION Laser Eye Centers to deploy NextGen Ambulatory EHR and NextGen Practice Management across 10 eye centers in Southern California. NVISION is one of numerous ophthalmology and optometry practices to select NextGen technology, bringing NextGen Healthcare’s total number of eye care clients to more than 500 practices and an estimated share of over 50 percent of the penetrated market.
 
McKesson announced that Allegiance Health in Jackson, Mich., has become the latest organization to choose McKesson’s distribution and automation solutions to completely automate its pharmacy. The hospital plans to replace its long-standing pharmaceutical-distribution vendor with McKesson, which has a 99.998% distribution accuracy rate and delivers one-third of all medications used each day in North America.

Allscripts announced that NorthCrest Medical Center, a 109-bed not-for-profit community hospital that is one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures, recently became the first hospital in Tennessee – and the nation – to use an Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) to qualify for Medicaid incentive payments under the federal HITECH Act. NorthCrest is taking an alternative approach by using its EDIS from Allscripts, rather than their full inpatient EHR to meet the government’s requirements. The Allscripts ED 7.0 solution is the only EDIS certified for use under HITECH as a “complete EHR.”

RF Assure announced that Riverside Regional Medical Center has selected the RF Assure Detection System for use in its surgical suites. RF Assure help the operating Room Staff detect and prevent the occurrence of retained surgical items (RSIs), such as a piece of gauze or sponge that may inadvertently be left inside a patient post-surgery. Riverside Regional Medical Center is using the RF Assure system as an adjunct to the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)’s standard practice of manual counting.

InterSystems Corporation announced that Healthcare Information Xchange of New York (HIXNY) has connected its health information exchange (HIE) with the cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) from athenahealth, Inc. This connection will enable physicians using athenahealth’s EHR service, athenaClinicals, to efficiently access their patients’ community health records supplied by HIXNY’s HIE, which is built on InterSystems HealthShare.