Expanding access to health information is the cornerstone of three recent announcements from software vendors:

* Hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in Santa Clara County in California, working through the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, will use the Carebook platform of start-up vendor CareInSync to connect the acute care facilities using mobile computing devices. The project will start with three hospitals--Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and O’Connor Hospital--transmitting data with nine nursing facilities. Hospital personnel will manage patient care transitions in real time using iPads and iPhones. A second phase hopes to connect another 10 hospitals and 30 skilled nursing facilities across the county. CareInSync’s investors include Samsung Venture Investment Corp., HealthTech Capital, California Health Care Foundation and Hearst Business Media.

* Ancillary hospital vendor Omnicell has integrated its automated medication dispensing cabinets with the Millennium electronic health record of Cerner Corp. at Billings Clinic in Montana. The companies used Cerner’s CareAware iBus interoperability technology to link the systems, enabling nurses to issue, view availability and waste medications in a single view.

* St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., is pilot testing a Webcam system that enables families at home to view their newborn child in the neonatal intensive care unit at any time. The system from NICVIEW offers 24/7 password-protected video streaming and the hospital has a goal of placing cameras at each of the unit’s 54 stations. Parents may distribute the password to others at their discretion.

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