Mitchell Cancer Institute adopts RayStation treatment planning

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

  • The University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute in Mobile has gone live on the RayStation treatment planning system for the Tomo Therapy System, which delivers radiation treatment in a way that minimizes radiation exposure to healthy tissues. The institute also treats patients using a CyberKnife System and will adopt RayStation for this procedure in a future implementation. “RayStation is fast and effective in planning treatments for all possible techniques we are likely to offer,” says Hal Hopper, manager of the department of radiation oncology. “It is much less labor-intensive than other systems we have used. With RayStation, the physician can choose the best course of treatment more quickly.”
  • The Christ Hospital Health Network in Cleveland has completed a first phase of its deployment of a Wi-Fi performance management system from 7SIGNAL. The system includes software and client devices that continually monitor and measure Wi-Fi experiences for patients, clinicians and guests. Data is collected from hundreds of mobile devices and analyzed to show information technology staff where additional care and attention to Wi-Fi performance may be needed. The hospital has 1,000 Cisco phones and workstations on wheels that need good performance, says James Vajda, senior Wi-Fi engineer at the hospital.

  • Santa Clara Family Health Plan in California has linked with Healthx, a vendor of cloud-hosted digital engagement software for health insurers, to expand member outreach services by offing SMS text messaging communications. Personalized and interactive text messages to members will help drive member portal adoption and close gaps in care while improving outcomes and raising quality scores, says Chris Turner, chief operating officer at the health plan. Santa Clara Health Plan chose the vendor based on its success with other insurers in increasing web portal signup rates and membership understanding of key health services, among other factors.
  • Presence Health, a 10-hospital delivery system with more than 150 sites in Illinois, will outsource its revenue cycle management services to R1 RCM. Both organizations have signed a non-binding letter of intent and expect to complete negotiations and go live in the second quarter of 2018. About 1,000 Presence Health employees will transition to R1 RCM.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services in Victoria, Australia, has signed a multi-year contract with NextGate and Orion Health to implement an enterprise master patient index. NextGate is the EMPI vendor, and Orion Health contributes data integration expertise. DHHS expects to improve information sharing that fosters enhanced clinical decision making and coordinated care.
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