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Brooke Army Implements Anesthesia Software

Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in Fort Sam Houston, Texas has gone live on Atlanta-based DocuSys' anesthesia solution in 14 locations.

DocuSys is providing BAMC with its anesthesia information management system (AIMS), which produces an electronic record of the anesthetic case as well as decision support for the documentation of national quality measures, says the company. BAMC can also utilize the DocuSys reporting module to perform comprehensive analysis of its clinical database, it adds.

Brooke Army Medical Center is a 450-bed healthcare facility that provides Level 1 trauma and graduate medical education. BAMC serves as a health science center for inpatient and ambulatory care, consisting of Graduate Medical Education and training and the only American Burn Association verified Burn Center within the Department of Defense.

West Va. Hospital Selects EMR Suite

Wheeling Hospital (Wheeling, W.Va.) is deploying Atlanta-based Eclipsys' Sunrise Enterprise suite of solutions. The 276-bed hospital is installing a combination of Eclipsys' suite as part of an effort to establish an enterprise-wide EHR and provide support for performance management and revenue cycle applications, according to the company.

Wheeling will deploy Eclipsys' Sunrise Acute Care, Sunrise Pharmacy Sunrise, Emergency Care and Sunrise Ambulatory Care solutions for clinical decision support, medication safety and clinical documentation. In combination, the solutions will create a single electronic record that will flow across all areas of Wheeling's delivery complex, including emergency rooms, outpatient centers and Belmont Community Hospital, a division of Wheeling Hospital, it touts.

With two hospitals, two clinics, four outpatient centers, a continuous care center and wellness center, Wheeling Hospital provides care to residents of the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and Eastern Ohio.

Presbyterian Picks Call Center Support

Presbyterian Healthcare Services (PHS, Albuquerque, N.M.) has selected Chicago-based Initiate Patient to support its enterprise-wide call center initiative planned for late 2010.

In the meantime, says the company, PHS has begun the project by deploying Initiate Patient to integrate disparate patient and member information to obtain a single, comprehensive view of its customers. This will enable call center agents to gain more valuable and accurate insight into their callers, leading to more streamlined call routing and improved customer service, it touts.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services is a private, not-for-profit system of hospitals, a health plan and a growing medical group in New Mexico. Its eight hospitals serve more than 700,000 New Mexicans, caring for one in three residents of the state with at least one of its services.

Jackson Health Invests in Tracking

Miami-based Jackson Health System has selected San Diego's Awarepoint to help keep an eye on its assets with the enterprise-wide installation of a real-time location awareness solution.

By actively tracking 12,000 medical equipment assets throughout the hospital's 3.9 million-sq.-ft.-campus, the company says the hospital will have immediate information regarding location, status and movement of mobile assets by tapping by into its “plug and track” network.

According to the company, the contract initially calls for 11,750 tracking tags plus 250 temperature monitoring tags, and provides expansion for an additional 8,000 asset tags. Awarepoint coverage encompasses 91 floors and 17 buildings and extends from several hospital wings and buildings.

The deployment provides location accuracy of an average of 1.5 meters or better throughout the entire enterprise, the company touts, which includes in-room accuracy as well as defined area accuracy, such as in hallways, open areas and closed carts.

Jackson is an integrated healthcare delivery system that includes Jackson Memorial Hospital, a tertiary teaching hospital with more than 1,500 licensed beds. In conjunction with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine faculty, Jackson Memorial provides patient services, educational programs, a clinical setting for research activities, and a number of health-related community services.

UMass to Get Physician Portal

In an effort to make it easier to view millions of patient records, Worcester, Mass.-based UMass Memorial Health Care has selected Initiate Interoperable Health software from Initiate Systems Inc. (Chicago), the company says.

The goal, according to Initiate, is to provide a unified system-wide view for UMass Memorial to its more than 4.5 million patient records. With its product, the company claims UMass Memorial will be able to provide physicians with anywhere access to complete patient medical records through the dbMotion Solution portal.

UMass Memorial Health Care is central Massachusetts' largest not-for-profit healthcare delivery system, covering the complete healthcare continuum with organizations such as UMass Memorial Medical Center, its academic medical center and its affiliated community hospital. UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Sisters of Mercy Goes Mobile

Chesterfield, Mo.-based Sisters of Mercy Health System has selected Hatboro, Pa.-based InfoLogix Inc. for its wireless multi-site medical communications.

Doctors, nurses and patients at Mercy hospitals will have access to the system by using more than 200 handsets across three campuses, the company says. Nurses on Mercy campuses will carry a mobile wireless handset solution to enable rapid transmission and receipt of information using a VoIP Gateway component, the company touts.

Sisters of Mercy Health System operates in a seven state area that includes Arkansas, Kansas and Louisiana, with hospitals, physician practices and outpatient clinics. Its members include 19 acute care hospitals providing more than 4,000 licensed beds, two heart hospitals, and a managed care subsidiary.

Providence Alaska Gets eICU

Providence Alaska Medical Center (Anchorage, Alaska) has implemented an eICU Program from Netherlands-based Philips VISICU to enhance care of critically ill patients in remote communities, it says.

According to the company, the eICU Program combines early warning alerts and remote monitoring technology to connect off-site critical care specialists to ICU patients and their care teams within the medical center. Providence plans to offer the program to surrounding hospitals, as a supplement to local care, in order to reduce unnecessary complications, transfers and patient length of stay.

Providence Alaska Medical Center is part of Providence Health and Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities.

Three Organizations Install HIS

Three healthcare organizations - H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center and Franklin Medical Center - are installing hospital information systems from Malvern, Pa.-based Siemens' Soarian.

Moffitt Cancer Center, a 162-bed facility based in Tampa, Fla., is deploying Soarian Financials in an effort to integrate the Enterprise Master Patient Index, Patient Access, and Patient Accounting into one system. Through the implementation, the facility hopes to capture data early in the revenue cycle to minimize its dependency on third-party claims systems, the company says.

The 341-bed acute care Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center in Plattsburg, N.Y., is implementing Soarian Clinicals, Soarian Emergency Department, and Soarian Device Connect.

Franklin Medical Center, a Winnsboro, La.-based community facility, is rolling out MedSeries4 General Financials, Patient Accounting, and Soarian Clinicals. According to Siemens, MedSeries4 is a Web-based system designed for community hospital needs.

Universal Health Taps EDIS for 25 Hospitals

Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), a healthcare management company located in King of Prussia, Pa., is implementing the Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) from Somerset, N.J.-based Wellsoft Corporation.

UHS will initially install the EDIS in five of its acute care facilities, but plans to eventually expand the system to 25 of its emergency departments, which serve more than 800,000 patients each year, according to the company.

Universal Health Services provides healthcare in community-based hospitals across the United States. UHS principal business owns and operates, through subsidiaries, acute care hospitals, behavioral health centers, surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and radiation oncology centers, it says.

VCU MC, Christus Health, and Mercy MC Implementing Sign-Out

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCU, Richmond); Mercy Medical Center of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Dallas-based Christus Health, which serves communities in more than 60 cities in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Georgia, New Mexico, Utah and Mexico, are implementing Boston-based PatientKeeper Sign-Out.

According to the company, PatientKeeper Sign-Out improves communication between physicians at the transition of care to streamline patient handoff and sign-out and to simplify discharge planning, and provides a standard process as specified by requirement 2E of the Joint Commission 2008 National Patient Safety Goals.

Moses Taylor Deploys Patient Tracking

Moses Taylor Hospital (MTH, Scranton, Pa.) has completed an implementation of Amelior EDTracker (Charlotte, N.C.) software to automatically track patients and assets in its 35,000 census emergency department using an ultrasonic positioning system from Sonitor Technologies.

MTH's emergency department installed large flat panel monitors to display big-screen views of the main tracking board and waiting room in status screen and map layouts. Icons indicate the status of patients and rooms as well as indicate patient flow roadblocks and patient safety alerts.

Moses Taylor Hospital is a community-based health care facility with 173 beds, 22 neuropsychiatric inpatient beds, 32 skilled nursing beds as well as a 14-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit. In addition to a full-service emergency department, Moses Taylor Hospital has medical/surgical and other acute care specialty services.

Bath Community Gets PACS

Bath Community Hospital of Hot Springs, Va. has selected San Diego-based DR Systems' PACS. According to the company, the product will permit the Virginia hospital to have a local radiological workflow even as most of its radiological studies are read at the University of Virginia (UVA) Medical Center, in Charlottesville. In addition, it says, the PACS implementation will enable Bath to more easily share images and reports with UVA and other regional partners.

The company claims its PACS product will improve the hospital's acute stroke response by giving Bath County residents reliable and timely access to stroke treatment expertise across the Central Shenandoah Valley.

Bath Community Hospital is a 25-bed facility, is located in a remote area of western Virginia. As a designated Critical Access Hospital, it provides frontline medical services for the 4,800 residents of Bath County.

Department of Defense Selects Reporting System

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a contract to U.K.-based Datix for the deployment of its software in a Patient Safety Reporting project for the Military Health System, one of the largest healthcare systems in the United States.

According to the company, Datix met its core requirements for a Web-based solution and complete patient safety taxonomy and had experience in implementing large-scale patient safety reporting solutions.

A limited deployment of Datix software will take place at nine Military Treatment Facilities in late 2009, followed by a decision to proceed to full deployment in 2010. Systems integration and training will be carried out by Northrop Grumman Corporation under a separate contract.

Virginia Mason Clinic Deploys RTLS

Virginia Mason Medical Center (Seattle) is implementing Traverse City, Mich.-based Versus Technology, Inc.'s hybrid infrared and RFID real-time locating system, at the Virginia Mason Kirkland clinic in Kirkland, Wash.

At the clinic, which is set to open at a new location this month, Virginia Mason will utilize the solution to reduce patient wait time and increase staff efficiencies throughout the multi-disciplinary clinical areas, according to the company.

Virginia Mason Medical Center is a non-profit, regional healthcare system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 480 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital in Seattle. Virginia Mason also has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, a nursing residence and Adult Day Health program, and a research center.

Univ. of Virginia Health System Automates ED

The University of Virginia Health System (Charlottesville, Va.) has implemented Addison, Texas-based Medhost's Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) to automate process, streamline workflow and improve communication and patient care, the company says.

The solution enables University of Virginia (UVA)'s ED clinicians to quickly document patient data and access decision support tools at the bedside, resulting in increased patient safety, it touts.

The UVA Health System consists of four components: the University of Virginia Medical Center, an integrated network of primary and specialty care; the University of Virginia School of Medicine; the University of Virginia School of Nursing; and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library.

Healthcare Informatics 2009 April;26(4):72-78


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