Covenant Health adopts telemedicine for improved elder care

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

* Covenant Health, a Catholic healthcare delivery system in New England, has gone live with a telemedicine system from TripleCare at four skilled nursing facilities across Massachusetts and Maine. TripleCare’s network of physicians will conduct virtual bedside visits at the nursing facilities with assistance from Covenant on-site nurses. The physicians will determine whether a patient requires a hospital transfer or can be treated in Covenant facilities.

* Glens Falls Hospital in New York will implement medication management software from Omnicell to improve workflows for pharmacy and nursing at the 300-bed facility. The products include automated dispensing cabinets, an anesthesia workstation, central pharmacy management software to increase visibility of medication inventory, a controlled substance managing system integrated to the dispensing cabinets and analytics software to understand drug diversion activity.

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* Fiona Stanley Hospital and Fremantle Hospital, both in Perth, Australia, will implement software, called BOSSnet Results, enabling physicians to access, review and sign off on pathology and radiology results through their BOSSnet electronic health record, rather than toggle between different information systems. Allscripts is the vendor, and the hospitals already use BOSSnet software for results and orders, with scanning modules soon being deployed. U.S. healthcare-based vendors increasingly are finding sales opportunities overseas, particularly in Europe and Australia.

* Health insurer Aetna has selected decision support and analytics vendor Stanson Health to automate clinical prior authorization using information already in electronic health records. The process will involve integrating EHR information with the authorization process, including an evaluation of discrete data elements and some free text information to support automated evaluation of medical necessity criteria. Stanson Health’s platform already supports more than 300 hospitals and their affiliated providers.

* MidMichigan Health in Midland will put its Epic electronic health record system in MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, continuing an initiative to link with smaller hospitals in the region and support their technology needs through an affiliation.

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