New sales or introductions of data analytics, medication management, incident management and ICD-10 software are among recent announcements from health information technology vendors:
* Trinity Health, the 10th largest delivery system in the nation, will deploy cloud-based data analytics software from Explorys across its 47 hospitals and 432 ambulatory facilities in 10 states. The organization will analyze and benchmark clinical, pharmaceutical, financial and operational data as it seeks to support accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes and other emerging treatment and payment models that emphasize population health management. Explorys’ health care market, not counting Trinity Health, includes 14 delivery systems, 200 hospitals and 100,000 providers.
* Vanguard Health Systems, which operates 28 hospitals in Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan and Texas, will standardize its mediation management technology enterprisewide. The organization will replace disparate medication systems with a suite of software and products from Omnicell Inc. that operate off a single database. These include automated medication dispensing cabinets with label printers and biometric identifiers, a controlled substance management system, an anesthesia workstation with automated dispensing, and data analytics.
* Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, Calif., will implement the Pavisse incident management software of RGP Healthcare. The software tracks training and end-to-end spending on incidents, and compares results with similar hospitals. Reporting functions include the tracking of “never events,” near misses and grievances, as well as suggestions for remediation plans. The software also supports nurse education, and a later version will include a malpractice module to handle professional liability cases. Kern Medical, with 222 beds, is the first public hospital to buy the product.
* NextGen Healthcare Information Systems has launched ICD-9/ICD-10 Comparison Utility, an education and testing tool to aid in mapping ICD-10 codes to existing ICD-9 codes. The software enables analysis of an 837 claim file to see how billings and reimbursement under ICD-9 will change with the new code sets, and to create a valid ICD-10 837 claim file to send to a clearinghouse or insurer for testing. The product is free to current clients.
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