Here is Health Data Management’s weekly roundup of health information technology contracts and implementations:

  • Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia, Calif., will deploy medication automation systems from Omnicell to streamline provider workflows. The new technology comes as the hospital starts to build a new tower to add 140 beds. Systems being implemented include automated dispensing cabinets; a module to enable nurses to queue up medication orders at patient bedsides rather than wait in line at a cabinet; a single-dose dispensing system in cabinets to improve security; and an automated dispensing cabinet for the operating suite. Greater cabinet capacity will reduce the number of pharmacy deliveries, facility executives believe.
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has contracted with NextHealth Technologies for a cloud-hosted analytics and consumer engagement platform, with the goal being medical cost reduction across commercial and government lines of business. The platform will support identification of at-risk patients to target for interventional treatment to keep them healthier. The contract follows a one-year pilot project.
  • Kern Health Systems, a Medicaid managed care plan serving the Bakersfield region in California with 220,000 members, is live on the TriZetto payer information system and also is getting consulting services from TriZetto’s parent company, Cognizant. In the first week of deployment, Kern Health increased claims auto-adjudication rates by 20 percent.
  • Allscripts is finding new business in the United Kingdom, deploying its Sunrise electronic health record system across three hospitals, two outpatient centers and an office in the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh region of the National Health System. The goal is to have an integrated patient record from admission to discharge.
  • The Missouri Hospital Association has struck a deal with the Vizient patient safety organization to offer hospitals new tools to improve safety. The tools support clinical quality, risk mitigation and patient safety. Under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals in 2017 must participate in a patient safety evaluation program to contract with insurers selling plans in state health insurance exchanges.

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