Arizona Community Physicians picks NetApp for cloud computing
Here is Health Data Management’s weekly roundup of new health IT contract wins and go-lives:
Arizona Community Physicians in Tucson has gone live on a cloud computing platform from NetApp supplemented with expertise from cybersecurity consulting firm cStor to substantially enhance its infrastructure. The decision for new technology came after providers reported having problems with their electronic health record, financial management and population health software. The 166-provider practice’s existing platform has struggled to handle the quantity of data generated by lab results, scanned documents and third-party records. Now, data backups that used to take 12 hours to complete take 90 minutes, and providers have real-time access to patient records, the organization says.
Kern Medical, a 222-bed acute care teaching facility in Bakersfield, Calif., will implement the Cerner Millennium electronic health record as well as the vendor’s population health platform to support improved outcomes across the delivery system. A portal will enable patients to use secure messaging to communicate with physicians, view and settle financial balances and access their health history. Kern Medical is affiliated with the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.
HealthlinkNY, a health information exchange serving the Hudson Valley, Catskills and Southern Tier regions of New York State, has launched a drive to improve the quality of data reporting to the National Committee for Quality Assurance with help from Diameter Health. The vendor’s technology supports improved clinical insights through the normalization, cleansing, de-duplication and enrichment of clinical data to enable actionable analytics that can help improve care.
Freeman Health Systems in Joplin, Mo., will use the MH-CURE secure smartphone application from Mobile Heartbeat in an extended pilot test. The three-hospital delivery system that includes a physician network and behavioral health services recently finished a 90-day pilot in the cardiology department. “When the pilot concluded, the nursing staff refused to go back to their old phones, creating quite a unique problem,” says Skip Rollins, CIO at Freeman Health. “We worked out a deal with Mobile Heartbeat to keep the loaner phones for a short period while we purchase new phones.”
Waverly Health Center in Waverly, Iowa, a 25-bed critical access hospital with 47 providers in affiliated clinics, will swap out its Paragon inpatient electronic health record system and implement the acute care and revenue cycle management platform of eClinicalWorks. The hospital has used the vendor’s ambulatory EHR software since 2008. Other features on the platform include inventory management, support for emergency and operating rooms, analytics, computerized physician order entry and bed management.