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

  • Rochester RHIO, a health information exchange serving 13 counties in upstate New York, has adopted the Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) software from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield to facilitate end-of-life discussions with patients and families. The electronic version, called eMOLST, is a web-based system supporting completion and documentation of the discussion in a database that also serves as the state’s registry for such documents. Excellus offers MOLST in paper and electronic formats at no cost to providers across the state.
  • Sharp HealthCare, which uses Cerner Millennium acute care electronic health records software, is putting the vendor’s PowerChart ambulatory EHR in at Sharp Community Medical Group to support more than 200 primary and specialty physicians in outpatient facilities and independent practices. The delivery system expects that having an integrated platform will simplify efforts to reconcile, aggregate and normalize clinical data for decision support and reporting.
  • Franciscan Health Rensselaer in Rensselaer, Indiana, has bought a radiography/fluoroscopy imaging system from Carestream, as well as the DRX-Evolution Plus system that captures X-ray images in multiple ways and can accommodate patients weighing as much as 705 pounds. Both systems represent major upgrades to current equipment, said Cindy Reed, director of radiology. Other radiology systems already in use include CT, MRI, ultrasound and nuclear scanning.
  • The University of Mississippi Medical Center has signed an agreement to implement an enterprise imaging platform from Agfa Healthcare. The goal is to consolidate images, hardware and storage while enabling clinicians to access images and data no matter where they practice medicine across the system’s five hospitals and ambulatory sites. Point of care images will be available in real time, another benefit for the hospital’s Level 1 trauma center. The software suite includes an imaging vendor-neutral archive, an imaging exchange and a universal image viewer.
  • Two critical access hospitals, Campbellton-Graceville Hospital in Florida and Caro Community Hospital in Michigan, recently selected the electronic records software of CPSI. Peer recommendations at surrounding hospitals helped seal the decision at Campbellton-Graceville, said Peggy Moore, director of operations.

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