Lutheran Services chooses skilled nursing applications

In other implementations, Brooklyn Hospital Center goes live on Epic electronic health record system.

Here is Health Data Management’s weekly roundup of health IT contract wins and go-lives.
  • Lutheran Services Carolinas’ skilled nursing facility in Salisbury, N.C., will implement the long-term care software of MatrixCare, with plans to include the software in all eight of its senior living communities. The delivery system offers rehabilitation and skilled care nursing services, assisted living residences, at-home care and nursing services, adult day services and caregiver support. It also works with other organizations to offer subsidized housing.
  • The Brooklyn Hospital Center has gone live with the Epic electronic health record system in its ambulatory care network sites. Patients will benefit from use of the MyChart@Brooklyn Health, a portal enabling patients and designated caregivers to access health information, communicate with providers, schedule appointments and pay bills via a smartphone or computer.

  • Yuma Regional Medical Center in Arizona has been using the secure texting and hands-free voice communication badges of Vocera in the emergency department and now is deploying the technology throughout the 406-bed facility. Software also is enabling patients to connect directly with caregivers, which is expected to improve response times and the patient experience. Depending on clinicians’ roles, hospital staff will use the wearable badge or a smartphone application to securely communicate by name, role or group.
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital will deploy magnetoencephalography technology, or MEG, for functional brain imaging. MEG is a non-invasive diagnostic device that measures magnetic activity generated by neurons in the brain. The hospital will use TRIUX neo, which can detect and localize neural events with millimeter accuracy and millisecond resolution. “MEG is a state of the art device that can precisely localize the source of seizures within the brain to help provide a life-changing cure for select children with uncontrolled epilepsy,” said Gregory Sharp, MD, chief of Neurology at Arkansas Children. “This asset will lead to new understandings of neurologic disorders through research.”
  • Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, a major cancer care hospital in Australia, has implemented Meditech’s 6.x Oncology and Pharmacy software, enabling the hospital to move from paper-based processes to electronic ordering for chemotherapeutic medications and treatment plans. These products round out the hospital’s Meditech electronic health record system that includes evidence-based clinical decision support and the incorporating of 330 treatment protocols. “We now have a more accurate and complete view of the patient chart,” said Professor Michael Boyer, chief medical officer and project champion. Lifehouse serves 40,000 patients annually.

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