Sutter selects application to support advanced care planning

In other implementations, Dayton Children’s opts for badge-based secure communication.

Here is Health Data Management’s weekly roundup of new health IT contracts and go-lives.

* Sutter Health in California will adopt advance care planning software from Vynca to capture, store and access Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining treatment forms to ensure that patients’ end-of-life wishes are honored. The software also walks providers through conversations with patients and family to accurately document patient preferences. Published studies find that only 30 percent of end-of-life wishes are accurately documented and about a quarter of paper forms have an avoidable error that makes them unusable.

*Dayton Children’s Hospital in Ohio is putting in the hands-free nurse communication badges and secure texting software of Vocera Communications. The software integrates with the nurse call system and also sends alerts if a child leaves a bed or chair. Speakers in patient pillows connect children to their nurse, as does the phone, which is integrated with the software. The software also integrates with the GetWellNetwork television-based communication and entertainment system for patient rooms.

* At Home Healthcare, a home healthcare company in Texas, has selected remote monitoring software from Vivify Health, enabling providers to assess in-home patients’ physical conditions in near real-time, avoiding hospital readmissions and keeping patients in the comfort of their homes. Each patient receives a kit that includes a tablet computing device, wireless health devices to track and report biometrics such as weight and heart rate, a library of educational videos about their condition and care plan instructions. Patients also can request a video chat with a provider.

* East River Medical Imaging in New York City is live on software from RoyalMD to enable physicians to enter orders, track exam status, be notified as patients move through the imaging process, receive results and images, and communicate securely with other providers. For example, a radiologist and a referring physician both can look at and manipulate images in real-time from different locations.

* Health insurer UnitedHealthcare will implement a cloud-based analytics platform from Inovalon to support the transition from volume-based medicine to value-based care. The technology will aid the company in improving outcomes using real-time data visualization tools to inform decision making for clinical quality programs and better serve its Medicare Advantage and commercial members. The software further will support population health management programs for more than 30 million members.

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