LifeWorks joins interoperability initiative

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

  • LifeWorks Northwest, a behavioral health organization in Portland, Ore., that serves more than 20,000 patients annually, has joined the Carequality interoperability network to enhance data sharing with acute-care and community providers. Carequality’s health data exchange services, operated by the Sequoia Project and participating electronic health record vendors, enables providers that are part of a different network to share data with other providers treating a patient.
  • Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo., a user of data and storage management software from BridgeHead Software for a decade, now has outsourced data backup and archiving functions to BridgeHead. Since upgrading to the Meditech 6.0 electronic health record system in 2013, Parkview’s backup needs have grown from 11 servers to 70 servers, which has increased the complexity and time demands on day-to-day management of patient data—that made outsourcing a viable option.

  • Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC, has selected the mobile app technology of Artifact Health to streamline the physician query process while improving the quality of patient records and ensuring better reimbursement. The 300-bed hospital treats more than 200,000 patients a year. The mobile app is designed to give physicians an easier way to respond to clinical documentation improvement and coding questions, resulting in greater specificity to the patient record and physicians spending less time on administrative tasks.
  • Precision Imaging Centers, with four sites serving the Jacksonville, Fla., metropolitan area, is implementing the radiology image and data management cloud platform of eRAD, a subsidiary of RadNet. The platform will host the eRAD radiology information system, patient and physician portals and a secure communications system that supports texts, instant messages, auto-calls and email. Patients can receive and respond to appointment reminders in their preferred channel.
  • Queensland Health in Australia has signed a 10-year contract with Sunquest for a laboratory information system worth $68.5 million in Australian dollars. The goal is to improve care responsiveness, safety and outcomes for the state’s 124 hospitals, 70 primary care centers, 17 age care facilities and 33 health facilities in remote regions. Queensland Health performs more than 20,000 tests daily in 36 pathology, forensic and scientific laboratories.
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