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

  • Lanai Community Health Center in Lanai City, Hawaii, is the first commercial customer for Saturn Care, a new vendor offering a chronic disease management platform. Developers of the platform included experts at the Joslin Diabetes Center, Baystate Medical Center and the U.S. Department of Defense, among others. Managing diabetes and hypertension are early focuses at Lanai, which also is using mobile behavioral assessment tools.
  • University Health Care System in Augusta, Ga., has implemented biometric patient identification software from RightPatient to improve safety and data integrity and reduce fraud, duplicate medical records and identification errors. So far, nearly all patients have chosen to enroll in the system, according to the vendor. University Health Care chose RightPatient because photo biometrics are more accurate than fingerprinting or vein mapping, says George Ann Philips, director of revenue cycle management at University Health. The delivery system is anchored by 581-bed University Hospital.
  • Allscripts has a new client in the Bahamas, where the Ministry of Health and Public Hospitals Authority will implement the Sunrise acute care and ambulatory electronic health record system in three hospitals and more than 100 clinics. The contract is supporting a significant modernization of the Bahamian health care system. The project includes upgrading facilities, extending clinic hours and opening community hospitals on two islands.
  • Alexandria VA Medical Center in Pineville, La., will implement the Philips Ingenia 1.5T MRI system with “Ambient Experience” technology that helps put patients at ease with imagery, sound and light to provide a more soothing atmosphere. Patients can wear headphones, select a video theme and view it inside the MRI via a mirror. The vendor says the technology reduces technology noise by as much as 80 percent. The medical center is the first VA site to buy the system.
  • University of Utah Health Care will implement the patient biometric identification platform of Imprivata to eliminate duplicate records and improve patient safety. The platform supports palm-vein biometrics. The delivery system includes four hospitals, 11 clinics and serves about 1.6 million patients annually.

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