New imaging suite installed at Temple University Health

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

* Temple University Health System, which operates four hospitals serving the Philadelphia region, will install an enterprisewide picture archiving and communications system from Sectra. The contract includes an integrated master patient index with linking capabilities to an unlimited number of patient identifiers, so that all providers will have access to a complete patient record regardless of its origin. Pre-operative planning software in 2D and 3D for orthopedic surgery also is part of the package.

* Citizens Medical Center, a critical access hospital in Colby, Kan., has gone live on a suite of documentation software from Nuance Communications. Products include cloud speech recognition and transcription software, dictation microphones and a medical imaging data exchange. The hospital is replacing a speech recognition system that performed poorly, which led to poor documentation turnaround time, prohibitive documentation costs, and low physician productivity and satisfaction. Nuance offered term-based pricing that does not require a large upfront capital investment.

* Sutter Health now is live on an artificial intelligence platform from Qventus to better manage drug costs and determine if a pharmacist-led intervention is needed to ensure patients receive the most appropriate medications for their particular treatment. The platform also can help pharmacists prioritize patients who most need a drug consultation. Additional services from the vendor are expected to support reduced inpatient drug spending, and improved effectiveness of pharmacy workflows and quality practices.

* Summit Orthopedics in Woodbury, Minn., has bought four imaging processing systems, called DRX-Evolution Plus, from Carestream. The provider has 32 locations in the Minneapolis metropolitan area. The new products were acquired to support a new orthopaedic center. The contract includes “auto-stitching” software to join as many as five images to provide long-length images required by some specialists. An auto-tracking feature moves the X-ray tool into position to reduce fatigue and stress injuries for imaging technicians. Summit Orthopedics is privately owned and has 50 orthopedic specialists along with physician assistants, therapists and athletic trainers.

* Tampa General Hospital will implement the eUnity enterprise image viewing platform from Client Outlook. The software will enable access to image records for all clinicians and will eliminate the need for expensive GPU (graphics processing unit) hardware and intensive local installation packages, says Peter Chang, MD, vice president and chief medical information officer at Tampa General.

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