Updated list: new technology rollouts
The gold-rush buying spree of the early post-HITECH years may have settled down, but health systems are still spending big bucks on new technology, whether it's to rip-and-replace a suboptimal EHR or make investments in analytics or security tools. Keep track of new implementations in this running list.
MD Anderson Cancer Center and Epic
Three years after first announcing it had chosen Epic for its new electronic health record system, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center went live on schedule on March 4, according to the Houston Business Journal.
MD Anderson went to market for a new EHR in late 2012 and announced Epic as its vendor partner in the spring of 2013. Financial terms of the project have not been disclosed. In a 2014 Fiscal Year in Review, Richard Champlin, MD, chair of the health system's Department of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy, said the project would wrap up around this time: "We are involved in the planning for the March 2016 go-live with our new electronic health record system, Epic," he wrote.
Health Partners New England and Medsphere
Health Partners New England will deploy Medsphere's OpenVista electronic health record system in its new 108-bed behavioral health treatment center in Devens, Massachusetts.
"We believe EHRs enable just as much improvement in behavioral health as they do in acute medical care," said HPNE founder and CEO Michael P. Krupa.
Steward Health Care and Quartet
Steward Health Care Network, the second largest physician network in Massachusetts, will offer Quartet Health's platform as a service to its providers and their patients. Quartet identifies individuals in need of behavioral health resources and enables primary care providers to set those individuals on effective treatment paths in tight collaboration with behavioral health professionals.
Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, who has been open about his addictions to alcohol and prescription drugs, joined the board of the New York-based startup last October.
"Access to behavioral health resources is one of the most pressing challenges in primary care today," Steve Stein, MD, said in a statement. Stein is part of Family Medical Associates, a practice within the Steward Health Care Network.
Intermountain and ReadyPoint
Intermountain Healthcare is rolling out mobile, cloud-based rounding and audit compliance tools powered by Nashville-based ReadyPoint.
"ReadyPoint provides us with some great extended functionality above and beyond just a survey tool," said Robin Betts, assistant vice president of Intermountain's quality & patient safety. "The continuous process improvement goals we establish must comply with regulatory standards and working with ReadyPoint streamlines how we meet these goals."
Marin General Hospital and Philips
Marin General Hospital has entered a 15-year, $90 million agreement with Philips to roll out an array of technologies including clinical informatics, patient monitoring, telehealth and imaging.
"As an independent community hospital, we have made a conscious decision to partner with Philips in taking a long-term view and adopting the latest digital health technologies, while creating an exceptional experience for our patients," said Marin General’s chief information and technology integration officer Mark Zielazinski, in a statement.
Meridian Health and Teladoc
Meridian Health, the New Jersey health system, will launch telehealth services in early 2016 and has enlisted Lewisville, Texas-based Teladoc for round-the-clock access to its network of licensed physicians.
"Teladoc's reputation for clinical quality, along with its size and scalability, is ideally suited to Meridian's dedication to quality and to our continuing growth and expansion," said Sal Inciardi, senior vice president of business development at Meridian Health, in a press statement.
Halifax Health and Wolters Kluwer
Aiming to improve sepsis outcomes, Halifax Health has implemented Wolters Kluwer POC Advisor clinical decision support platform in its emergency department. POC Advisor integrates with the electronic health record to detect and alert providers to patients presenting with symptoms of potential sepsis.
"Partnering with Wolters Kluwer provides our staff with the best opportunity to improve sepsis care and save patients’ lives,” Zabrina Evens, MD, medical director at Halifax Health, said in a press statement.
Northern Arizona Healthcare and Cerner
Northern Arizona Healthcare is expanding its contract with Cerner by installing its Business Office Services platform at all ambulatory clinics, integrating the provider's clinical, financial and population health management systems.
"As a longtime client, Cerner has given us the tools to better manage the patient and population transitions across the continuum, which have demonstrated measurable results in improving patient care and reducing costs," NAH CEO Rob Thames, said in a statement. Full story.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Epic
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, one of the pioneers in building its own software systems, announced it would switch to an Epic electronic health record in November 2017, having weighed the merits of both Epic and Cerner.
"We've had multiple different systems that require a lot of connections, which at times for certain workflows have been very clunky," Neal Patel, MD, chief medical informatics officer at VUMC, said in press statement. "This is our opportunity to begin to reduce variability that's unnecessary and was a distraction to how we deliver care."
Broward Health and Cerner
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Broward Health has tapped Cerner for its HealtheIntent population health platform, the company announced. Broward, a public health system, will also use Cerner's HealtheLife: Engagement platform, which tailors patient engagement steps such as wellness tools and other health tracking options.
"Our providers will have information to more easily identify at-risk individuals and apply prevention methods to fulfill our strategy of improving the health of our community and quickly intervening for high-risk patients," said Mark Sprada, corporate chief nursing officer at Broward Health, in a statement. Full story.
Mass General and Vocera
Massachusetts General Hospital has implemented Vocera technology throughout its perioperative services departments with the goal of quieter, more efficient and effective staff communications.
"Voice-controlled technology has become critical for improving communication and navigating within our large and growing environment, while reducing noise levels," said Wilton Levine, MD, associate medical director, perioperative services at MGH, in a Dec. 9 press statement. Full story.
Scripps Health and Health Gorilla
Scripps Health announced will deploy a clinical network from Health Gorilla to enable HIPAA-compliant access to imaging and lab data from its facilities for community physicians and their patients, it was announced Dec. 8.
The implementation "provides improved healthcare communications among the members of our physician network and connects patient data from Scripps facilities using the latest in HIPAA-approved technology," said Dustin Brown, chief operating officer for Scripps Mercy Physician Partners, in a statement." Full story.
El Camino Hospital and Epic
Mountain View, Calif.-based El Camino Hospital, an electronic health records pioneer for nearly five decades, completed its customized $150 million Epic implementation, known as iCare, in November.
El Camino CIO Greg Walton promised at the beginning of the rollout, in June 2014, that the integration will allow us to securely share patient information with other healthcare organizations. This will give us enormous opportunities to know our patients' medical history and better inform their care while they are under our care." Full story.
Walgreens and Epic
Walgreens is poised to roll out Epic EHRs in its more than 400 healthcare clinics across the country, it announced Nov. 5. The Epic platform will replace Walgreens' own proprietary EHR. The goal, say Walgreens executives, is to boost care coordination among providers.
"This state-of-the-industry EHR will enable more seamless communication with health systems and local providers, and gives us enhanced capabilities to deliver better health outcomes through greater care coordination and interoperability," said Patrick Carroll, MD, chief medical officer for Walgreens Healthcare Clinics, in a statement. Full story.
IASIS and Cerner
IASIS Healthcare announced in November it would roll out a Cerner integrated system for its clinical and financial records. The Tennessee health system will implement an electronic health record and revenue cycle system across all its hospitals, clinics and other provider facilities that together serve more than 1.1 million patients annually.
"We chose Cerner because we believe they provide a system that will enhance our efforts to provide high quality, cost-effective healthcare for our patients and health plan members," W. Carl Whitmer, president and CEO of IASIS, said in a statement. Full story.
Geisinger and Cerner
In October, Geisinger Health System announced it would enlisted Cerner to help broaden its population health capabilities. The Danville, Pennsylvania-based network announced it will deploy Cerner's HealtheIntent data normalization platform for better access to analytics. In an earlier demonstration project, Geisinger used the Cerner technology to aggregate clinical and financial data from its core Epic EHR with claims and other data.
"Leveraging our vast stores of data is one way we demonstrate our commitment to ensuring Geisinger's patients benefit from leading-edge advances in health care," said Geisinger CEO David Feinberg, MD, in a press statement. Full story.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and PeraHealth
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia announced in September it will begin using software from PeraHealth to improve clinician awareness of children who may be at risk for clinical deterioration while in the hospital. CHOP will use PeraHealth's full suite of real-time clinical surveillance software – including the pediatric Rothman Index, or pRI, at CHOP's main campus inpatient location where the software will be integrated into its EHR.
"CHOP is committed to providing children and their families with safe, effective, family-centered, timely and efficient care," said Evan Fieldston, MD, attending physician of general pediatrics and medical director of clinical operations at CHOP, in a statement. Full story.
U.S. Coast Guard and InterSystems
In August, the U.S. Coast Guard announced that, in an effort to boost data exchange among its disparate IT systems, it has tapped InterSystems' HealthShare platform to pull together data from its Integrated Health Information System.
"Building on our experience with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, public and private health systems, and health information exchanges around the world, we are providing the Coast Guard the interoperability foundation to help deliver better, more connected care," said Paul Grabscheid, vice president of strategic planning at InterSystems, in a statement. Full story.
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