Vanderbilt installs Mobile Heartbeat collaboration platform

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

* Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., has completed implementation of a clinician communication and collaboration platform at Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. Combined, the hospitals have more than 1,100 beds. The vendor is Mobile Heartbeat and the product is MH-CURE, which offers voice, text and broadcast capabilities on the hospitals’ Rauland-Borg nurse call system to unify communications on one mobile device. When fully deployed, the system will have more than 10,000 users.

* Mercyhealth, a five-hospital and 85-facility delivery system serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin has selected the Omnicell XR2 Automated Central Pharmacy System. The goals are to streamline tasks, increase patient safety and, with more automation, be able to refocus staff to have more interaction with patients, which also could increase scores on patient satisfaction surveys. Mercyhealth also will use the vendor’s barcode technology. Upgrading central pharmacy automation also will enable the organization to better monitor medication inventory across facilities.

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* Asbury Communities, a chain of assisted and skilled nursing facilities serving eight communities in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Tennessee, is launching telemedicine services from TripleCare, starting with Wilson Healthcare Center in Gaithersburg, Md. TripleCare physicians will work with nurses to provide off-hours telehealth consultations when Asbury physicians are not on site to assist in determining if a patient can be treated on site or should be transferred to a hospital.

* The University of Maryland School of Dentistry has chosen the e-prescribing and medication management software of DrFirst to better handle the treatment of patients with opioid addiction. The school is seeking to have accurate medication histories and patient fill histories readily available, to improve compliance with the state’s prescription drug monitoring program, and to identify all medication interactions.

* Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta has been using software from Glytec to aid in maintaining prescribed glucose targets, which has been successful. The delivery system has used the software at three hospitals and now is expanding it to four more hospitals to ensure all acute care facilities are covered. “Blood glucoses outside of the normal range can have a profound impact on patients’ recovery, length of stay, cost of care and readmission rates,” says Spencer Welch, Jr., M.D., an endocrinologist at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.

* Peoples Health, a Medicare Advantage company in Louisiana, will use the business intelligence, healthcare analytics and population health management software of eQHealth Solutions to aid in improving care transitions, case management and disease management across the continuum of care. The software also will assist in getting insights into factors driving the quality of care and cost of care. The technology also will identify high-risk members and categorize them by severity of illness and gaps in care. Peoples Health was founded by medical physicians, continues to be guided by physicians and provides services to people with Medicare.

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