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December 25, 2007
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BCBS Louisiana Signs for Care Management Software

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) has signed up to use Wayne, Pa.-based MEDecision Inc.'s Collaborative Care Management software.

Collaborative Care Management includes technologies to optimize data analysis, automate workflow processes and electronically connect patients, health plans and physicians to give each a shared view of a patient's current and historic medical information, according to MEDecision.

Providence Health Selects Asset Tracking Solution

Seattle-based Providence Health and Services (PHandS), a 27-hospital network which operates in Alabama, Washington, Montana, Oregon and California will begin deploying a system to track high-value hospital assets, say the two companies selected for the project.

For the implementation, PHandS will utilize St. Louis-based World Wide Technology Inc. (WWT) as systems integrator and AeroScout Inc.(Redwood City, Calif.), a provider of Wi-Fi-based Active RFID solutions. Together the two will configure, install, train and support a Wi-Fi-based asset tracking and location solution at Providence's Centralia location, say the companies.

Beginning with Centralia, PHandS plans to implement the hospital tracking solution in other facilities across the state of Washington, tracking assets throughout facilities utilizing existing Wi-Fi networks. The company says the first phase of the project will be to track networked devices, such as laptops and tablets.

Brooklyn Hospital Gets IT Overhaul

New York's Brooklyn Hospital Center, a 463-bed academic community hospital, will implement Atlanta-based Eclipsys' Sunrise Clinical Manager in both inpatient and outpatient settings, says the company.

The hospital plans to implement the company's Acute Care, Ambulatory Care, Critical Care, Emergency Care, Pharmacy and Medication Administration modules.

Brigham and Women's Picks Partner

Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) has selected Hoboken, N.J.-based Care Management International Inc. to administer the enrollment phase of a member outreach clinical trial.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the trial will assess whether education from clinical coaches improves adherence to osteoporosis medication in elderly members who are covered by the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) program. PACE is a state-run prescription program for Pennsylvania residents with limited incomes, who are 65 older enrolled in a prescription assistance program.

Care Management International's specific charter is to provide BWH with enrollment services and operational metrics on call summary statistics while gathering demographic data typically not available in the enrollment phase of these projects.

CMS Goes with Oracle

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented Redwood Shores, Calif.-based Oracle's Healthcare Transaction Base as the foundation of its HIGLAS (healthcare integrated general ledger accounting system) History System, the software company says.

According to Oracle, CMS launched the HIGLAS dual entry system in 2005 to create a uniform financial management system to account for more than $600 billion in annual healthcare outlays. The HIGLAS History initiative is designed to provide a document-centric view of claim information to internal CMS users for answering intermediary and provider inquiries on individual claim status reports. Oracle's base will help CMS facilitate customer service through automation and will enable system users to trace documents from initiation to completion — tracking related financial and non-financial activity, the company claims.

Oracle's Healthcare Transaction Base is a standards-based data repository with a set of integrated services for data normalization, customer-defined security and auditing, and business process/workflow.

Kings County Brings Kiosks to the ED

Kings County Hospital Center, a 627-bed public hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., will deploy self-service kiosks in its emergency department to streamline the check-in and triage process, according to Maitland, Fla.-based Galvanon.

Galvanon says its MediKiosk solution will automate patient registration and help ED staff prioritize treatment based on medical urgency in the hospital's emergency department.

Patients arriving at the Kings County ED proceed directly to the registration kiosk. They then identify themselves by entering their name on the touchscreen, along with an additional identifier, such as a birth date. Patients indicate their symptoms by pointing to areas on a body diagram where they feel pain and answering brief questions about the nature of their visit. Once the process is complete, the data is sent to the emergency room's main computer system where a nurse is able to review and monitor patient information.

Our Lady of Lourdes Deploys RTLS

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, N.J. (410 beds) recently chose RadarFind's Real Time Location System (RTLS) to provide status information for asset and patient tracking.

The hospital will use the system to manage equipment and monitor patient throughput. RadarFind's antenna-based technology and system components plug into many AC outlets and require no new wiring or ceiling and wall penetration, states the Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based company.

NewYork-Presbyterian Taps OR Tech

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City has gone live with a real-time data integration and display product in the OR from Cambridge, Mass.-based LiveData Inc.