Texas emergency care chain expands ties with Wellsoft

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

Cypress Creek, a freestanding emergency department serving the region surrounding Spring, Texas, has twice contracted with Wellsoft Corp. for its information systems and now has tapped the vendor again for its third center opening in mid-October. The ER will be open around the clock, and have its own imaging center and laboratory to expedite care and outcomes.

UAB Medicine, part of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will swap out its incumbent connectivity platform for the Rhapsody Integration Engine of Orion Health. The transition will involve rewriting about 300 interfaces along with the implementation of new interfaces. UAB Medicine includes UAB Hospital, the third largest public hospital in the nation.

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St. Luke’s University Health Network, with six hospitals and 200 sites serving parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is live on population health management software from Caradigm, which will help support participation in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Program. St. Luke’s initiative is substantial; it signed up for 44 of 48 episode of care bundles spanning inpatient and outpatient settings and supported with claims and clinical data from its Epic electronic health record system. Caradigm’s Care Management product will aid multi-disciplinary care teams in sharing data and streamlining workflows as patients move from acute to post-acute settings.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, which is affiliated with the University of Toronto, will implement the QCPR clinical patient registration systems of Harris Quadramed at all three of its sites. Sunnybrook provides care to about 1.2 million patients annually.

Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Avera Health, a Meditech client with 33 hospitals and 208 clinics serving parts of five Upper Midwest states, has launched a telemedicine program serving long-term care patients. The initiative will bring geriatric clinicians to a patient’s bedside via a telemedicine cart for consultations. The goal is to keep patients comfortable in their own setting and avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations.

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