Murfreesboro Medical Clinic picks 2bPrecise for pharmacogenomics

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A Tennessee group practice has selected software vendor 2bPrecise to support its precision medicine strategy, starting with providing pharmacogenomics at the point of care.

Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect a patient’s response to drugs. Nicholas Cote, DO, a family doctor at Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Medical Clinic, which has 125 other providers. Clinicians there have long wanted to offer genomics-based care, but it was always too expensive for the practice and the patient, Cote recalls.

“Precision medicine is the future of care and has been for a few years, but it wasn’t affordable until the right vendor came along,” he says. “2bPrecise found a way to have favorable contracts, and finally, we could partner with them. We recognize that using science to drive medical treatment is infinitely more effective than trial and error.”

The 2bPrecise platform will go live at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic toward the end of the year, along with the vendor’s decision support software. They are expected to help equip clinicians to identify the best medications for individual patients, achieving better results faster and with fewer side effects, Cote explains.

“Not only is this good medicine, but it greatly enhances the patient experience as well. A physician prescribing a medication can open an app and search for the medicine, and based on clinical decision support software, can select the one most appropriate drug for the patient.”

Other health IT contracts and go-lives reported during the past week include:

  • Ballad Health, a 21-hospital delivery system serving 29 counties across Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, has expanded an existing partnership with Premier. It will implement the vendor’s performance improvement infrastructure to enhance supply chain services, driving high-value care across the enterprise. All Ballad Health facilities also will use Premier’s group purchasing organization, as well as a variety of cost, quality, reporting and workforce analytics software.
  • St. Luke’s University Health Network has signed a five-year, sole-source contract with Omnicell for automated solutions .to enhance control, efficiency and safety of its medication management processes. These steps include use of automated dispensing and storage in the central pharmacy, sterile compounding automation and medication dispensing cabinets in patient care areas. Automating manual, error-prone workflows will help to streamline medication management and free up staff for additional activities, according to the organization.
  • Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio, Texas, will transition its multiple electronic health record systems to the next-generation Expanse EHR platform of Meditech. The HCI Group consulting firm will assist with implementation and project management covering the clinical, financial and ambulatory sectors.
  • Metro Health-University of Michigan Health has selected the eGlycemic management system of Glytec to assist in taking inpatient diabetes management to the next level. “We have been using an intravenous insulin dosing tool in our critical care units for a number of years,” says Ronald Grifka, MD, chief medical officer. “Partnering with Glytec will allow us to support our patients and clinicians in a more comprehensive manner.” Glytec software will give clinicians access to the management system from within the Epic electronic health record, as well as providing hyperglycemia surveillance, glycemic status monitoring, analytics and reporting tools.
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