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

  • Healthcare identity management vendor NextGate will implement an enterprise master patient index to assign and manage unique patient identifiers across Scotland’s National Health Service under a multi-year contract. The goal is to provide a single source of truth for health demographic information for the service and partner agencies. NextGate will use open standards to integrate with the Scottish Child Public Health and Wellbeing System.
  • HealthInfoNet, the statewide health information exchange in Maine, will implement a precision medicine platform from Orion Health. The HIE has 98 percent of residents’ clinical information and connects to all hospitals and more than 500 ambulatory sites. Orion got the nod with its single suite of open source and scalable products supporting analysis and interoperability across a population and at the individual patient level, according to HealthInfoNet COO Shaun Alfreds.
  • Pulmonary and Sleep Associates of Huntsville, Ala., which is affiliated with Huntsville Hospital, is an early adopter of new services from Aprima, its electronic health record vendor, and care and quality management vendor Persivia. The hospital will take advantage of higher reimbursement from Medicare by offering chronic care services of at least 20 minutes under CPT code 99490. “We were looking for a comprehensive chronic care management solution that truly impacts the care of our patients,” Theresa Campbell, practice manager at Pulmonary and Sleep Associates said. The additional revenue from CMS will be an added bonus.
  • The Palmetto Health Quality Collaborative network of six hospitals and 1,200 physicians serving the South Carolina Midlands region is live on the care management and business intelligence platforms of Caradigm and now is working to implement the vendor’s risk management and quality improvement modules. Goals included having care team members working at the top of their license and improved transitions of high-risk patients moving from inpatient or emergency care back to the community or to a medical home.

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