New contract signings that health information technology vendors announced during the week of August 31 include:
* Six-hospital St. Elizabeth Healthcare serving northern Kentucky and parts of Indiana and Ohio bought the SecurityCenter Continuous View cyber vulnerability detection software of Tenable Network Security. The product enables conducting vulnerability assessments on CT scanners, MRIs, smart pumps and other medical devices without taking them offline. Assessments will cover 9,600 IP addresses and more than 300 device endpoints.
* Holyoke (Mass.) Medical Center selected software from QPID Health to identify behavioral health patients at risk for multiple emergency department visits and readmissions. A state grant program to maximize appropriate hospital use and enhance behavioral health is supporting the initiative.
* Davita Healthcare Partners is working with QualComm Incorporated to develop chronic care management software that works with QualComm’s device connectivity platform and care coordination system. The program will target heart failure patients, who will receive a home blood pressure monitor, weight scale and tablet computer to collect and transmit data, with a program start date in the fourth quarter of 2015. Telehealth vendor P2Link also is participating.
* Long-term care operator Elderwood is linking its 17 assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and independent living facilities to the HEALTHeLINK health information exchange for Western New York. Based in Buffalo, the HIE serves 3,400 physicians and all of the area hospitals.
* Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., got the mobile alarm notification software of PatientSafe to enable clinicians to carry one mobile device and get alerts from a range of patient monitors. PatientSafe worked with incumbent alarm technology vendors Draeger and Connexall.
* Glens Fall Hospital in upstate New York has been using Cerner on the inpatient side and Epic on the ambulatory side. Now, the hospital will replace Epic with Cerner’s ambulatory products. The hospital has 535 physicians and ancillary providers serving six counties. Cerner in February assumed operational and administrative responsibilities for the organization’s information technology infrastructure.
* Villa Medical Clinic in Newburg, Ore., will use the chronic care management software of Allscripts to reach out monthly to patients with two or more chronic conditions. The goal is to do so without increasing staff or workloads. The practice already is moving to Allscripts’ electronic health records; the vendor also will assist the practice with advisory services, patient outreach and practice and claims management.
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