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February 25, 2009
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UMass Memorial Connects Patient Records

UMass Memorial Health Care, a five-hospital system based in Worcester, Mass., is implementing a system from Pittsburgh-based dbMotion to create an interoperable single electronic patient record across different IT environments and care areas.

The solution will integrate various systems at UMass Memorial, including the Meditech EMR, Allscripts' ambulatory EMR, Initiate Systems' EMPI, the IDX Registration System and community pharmacy information from SureScripts-RxHub.

UMass Memorial is the largest integrated healthcare system in Central and Western Massachusetts and is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Its 1,101-bed network includes UMass Memorial Medical Center, with three campuses and its four community hospitals: Clinton Hospital, HealthAlliance Hospital, Marlborough Hospital and Wing Memorial Hospital. The network also includes community physician-based practices, home health, hospice, rehabilitation and behavioral health services.

Pa. Hospitals Target HAIs

Nine Pennsylvania hospitals are implementing Sentri7 from Bellevue, Wash.-based Pharmacy OneSource, Inc. to improve infection control and prevention in their facilities.

Sentri7 is a surveillance system that continuously analyzes data stored in disparate clinical information systems and highlights at-risk patients in a password-protected dashboard, aiding in early intervention, according to the company. The dashboard is organized to assist staff with the goal of reducing infections for more patients.

The solution can also assist in state-mandated public reporting of infections. Hospitals that are adopting Sentri7 include: Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, Easton Hospital, Phoenixville Hospital, Brandywine Hospital, Chestnut Hill Health System, Jennersville Regional Hospital, Berwick Hospital Center, Lock Haven Hospital, and Sunbury Community Hospital.

Ochsner Centralizes Image Storage

New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System has deployed the IMPAX Data Center from Agfa HealthCare (Mortsel, Belgium) to consolidate data from disparate multi-vendor PACS and clinical systems from its seven hospitals and 35 health clinics onto a single point of storage.

According to the company, the solution supports all types of DICOM 3.0 medical images and diagnostic results, including DICOM-encapsulated images, reports, waveforms and pdfs.

Ochsner installed a mirror data center at a remote location to enable continuous access to systems and data in the event of a disaster, the company adds.

Ochsner Health System is a non-profit, academic, multi-specialty delivery system that includes seven hospitals and over 35 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana.

BJC Signs on for Web Services

St. Louis, Mo.-based BJC HealthCare has signed a five-year agreement with Caretech Solutions (Troy, Mich.) for a comprehensive suite of Web products and services.

According to the company, CareTech Solutions' Web Services will provide BJC and 11 of its affiliated hospitals with its content management system and communications portal for hospital boards of directors. CareTech will also provide design expertise, Web analytics and search-engine optimization (SEO) consulting, it adds.

BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States, delivering services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions. It includes 13 hospitals and multiple community health locations.

Healthcare Informatics 2009 March;26(3):82