New hospital in Houston selects open source EHR vendor

Here is Health Data Management’s weekly roundup of health IT contracts and deployments.

  • Sacred Oak Medical Center in Houston, opening in August, will use the OpenVista electronic health record system of Medsphere Systems. The inpatient behavioral health facility will open with 20 beds and plans to expand over time to 80 beds.
  • Analytics vendor Health Catalyst signed seven new clients during the first half of 2016 and has publicly announced five of them. The list includes Alberta Health Services serving four million residents of four western provinces; Health Share, a Medicaid coordinated care organization in the Portland region of Oregon; King’s Daughters Medical Center, a 465-bed facility in Ashland, Ky.; MemorialCare Health System, serving Los Angeles and Orange counties in California; and Texas Children’s Health Plan, covering residents eligible for the Texas Managed Care Medicaid program that includes 1,100 doctors, 3,200 specialists and 60 hospitals.
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  • Graham Health System in Canton, IL, is a 25-year user of Meditech electronic health records and now is upgrading to the 6.1 version. The deal also comes with business and clinical analytics, along with patient and consumer portals. Graham Health System includes an 87-bed hospital at Stage 6 of HIMSS Analytics’ ranking of electronic health records adoption. The hospital is considering adding Meditech’s mobile ambulatory software in 2017.
  • Health insurer Fallon Health in Massachusetts has picked the McKesson Diagnostics Exchange to streamline management and payment of molecular diagnostic testing. The product enables a user to understand exactly what test is being ordered, performed and billed using McKesson Z-Codes, which are similar to bar codes, to uniquely identify each type of test.
  • UMass Memorial Health Care is implementing software to support the electronic prescribing of controlled substances along with single-sign-on authentication via a token on a smartphone or a fingerprint scan. The controlled substances software from Imprivata will integrate with the organization’s Epic electronic health record that is expected to go live in late 2017.
  • The International Union of Operating Engineers’ local chapter in Kansas City, Mo., has opened an on-site treatment center that will use electronic health record, scheduling and patient portal software from Cerner.
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