Cincinnati Children’s, Teladoc to develop pediatric telehealth

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is working with Teladoc to develop what the organizations believe will be the first consumer pediatric telehealth platform.

The hospital will bring expertise to the vendor as it builds a platform appropriate for pediatric needs.

Steve Davis, MD, chief operating officer at the hospital, will lead an interdisciplinary team at Cincinnati Children’s to advise the vendor on issues such as pediatric-specific workflows, clinical requirements and embedding the user experience for patients and families in the platform.

With increased adoption of consumer telehealth, now is the time for pediatric hospitals to have a platform specifically designed to support the care needs of young patients and the unique workflows of clinicians and other professionals, according to Alan Roga, MD, president of hospitals and health systems at Teladoc.

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“Whether we’re treating a child who has a complicated diagnosis or treating and managing more common illness, our pursuit of the best outcomes means that our telehealth system should be tailored to pediatric needs,” says Marianne James, senior vice president of information services and CIO at Cincinnati Children’s.

Development of the platform will start during the second quarter with availability to other pediatric hospitals and medical centers expected in early 2020.

Here are other new contracts and implementations reported this week:

Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana, which has used a legacy version of the Meditech electronic health record since 1996, now is going live on the vendor’s new EHR, the Expanse Electronic Health Record. Upgrading with Meditech will enable the 25-bed critical access hospital to remain independent, as other EHR vendors considered for the contract would have required Frances Mahon to partner with or use software from a larger host healthcare system.

The State of New Jersey has gone live on the Integrated Drug Awareness Dashboard, created with help from SAS Analytics, to combat the opioid epidemic using data-driven strategies. The dashboard will employ analytics to create a computerized information-sharing to exchange opioid-related data within New Jersey. The goal is to create a picture of the state’s opioid environment to aid the Office of the Attorney General in developing and analyzing data that can be used to target invention programs. In the first phase of the program, the state is enabling Department of Law and Public Safety officials to exchange and analyze opioid-related data that previously was in separate silos within each agency.

CaroMont Health, a delivery system in North Carolina anchored by 435-bed CaroMont Regional Medical Center, will deploy the medical management platform of Omnicell to enhance financial performance and operational efficiency. The organization expects to better track medication inventory and usage, and will implement automated software to support sterile compounding in the central pharmacy. Automated dispensing cabinets to improve patient care on nursing floors rounds out the deal.

Plum Healthcare, a provider of post-acute services for more than 50 skilled nursing facilities in California and Arizona, has signed a 10-year agreement with Netsmart, which offers an electronic health record system for behavioral health care services. The provider will have extensive access to Netsmart experts, technology and other resources. Plum Healthcare and Netsmart will collaborate to create and manage and accountable care organization to deliver coordinated care within Plum Healthcare’s communities. “With this partnership, we are capitalizing on the configurability and interoperability of the Netsmart suite of solutions to design and implement systems that support our unique approach to providing care,” says Plum CEO Cory Christensen.

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