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

  • St. Luke’s University Health Network in central Pennsylvania, with seven hospitals and 200 outpatient facilities, is replacing a series of legacy documentation products with the clinical documentation and speech recognition software of M*Modal. The organization is migrating its inpatient and ambulatory facilities to Epic by 2018 and sees the use of M*Modal as a vehicle to maximize its Epic investment, says James Balshi, MD, chief medical information officer. The organization evaluated two vendors before making its selection.
  • North York General Hospital in Toronto has gone live on software from Pure Storage to host all mission-critical applications and patient data in its Cerner electronic health record. In hosting Cerner applications on Pure Storage all-flash arrays, the hospital expects to improve clinician access to applications and create more time for patient care.
North York General Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital New Orleans, with 247 beds, will implement secure texting and hands-free communication software from Vocera that enables clinicians and other care team members to talk with each other via personal smartphones, wearable badges and computers. Users can select the solution that best meets their needs. The Vocera platform integrates with more than 120 clinical information systems. The new technology replaces traditional pagers and overhead paging.

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  • Lakeland Health with three hospitals in southwest Michigan has gone live on the Philips IntelliVue Guardian software of Royal Philips that offers an early warning scoring system collecting vital signs in real-time to identify subtle signs that a patient’s condition is deteriorating, possibly hours before a potential adverse event occurs. In early use, the amount of rapid responses has increased significantly with cardiac and respiratory arrests decreasing by 56 percent, according to the hospital. The software also eliminates potential transcription errors.
  • Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, a hospital system serving the Manchester region of England, has selected Allscripts to implement its Sunrise EHR at Royal Bolton Hospital and more than 20 health centers and clinics. Goals of the initiative include increased quality and safety, more efficiencies, support in reshaping healthcare and social care services to prevent ill health, and improve the patient experience. Allscripts now serves 17 hospitals in the United Kingdom.

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