New contract signings that health information technology vendors announced during the week of September 21 include:

*The University of Kansas Hospital is getting help with its Epic Systems implementation, selecting RAIN Resources to provide a suite of support, management, training, and go-live services. The firm offers support to providers from other active physicians and nurses using Epic in their provider organizations.

*Fourteen-hospital St. Joseph Health System serving California and parts of Texas will implement Meditech’s business and clinical analytics systems enterprisewide. Analyses will cover individual regions, as well as across the entire network. An initial focus will be on analyzing trends and key performance indicators to improve emergency department throughput.

*Baptist Health System in Birmingham, Ala., has bought the Merge Hemo cardiac cath lab management system from Merge Healthcare, which IBM recently announced it will acquire to complement its Watson Health supercomputer. Baptist Health will use the cath lab system at Baptist Medical Center, Shelby Baptist Medical Center and Walker Baptist Medical Center, offering a centralized web system for report generation and distribution.

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*John Muir Health in California’s Bay Area will implement the data analytics platform of Health Catalyst to support the move to population health management. John Muir will work with other health systems in the region to develop a network of providers that have the tools to deliver quality care at a lower cost. Accenture assisted in the vendor selection process.

*Duke Clinical Research Institute has bought software that supports clinical trials by enabling patients to electronically report outcomes through a mobile device. The cloud-based software, called QuestLink, comes from VitalHealth in Minneapolis.

*Memorial Medical Group in Belleville, Illinois, will use the practice management/electronic health records software of eClinicalWorks across 30 practice sites with 78 providers. The goal of the multi-specialty practice is to improve continuity of care.

*Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, part of San Diego-based Sharp Healthcare, has bought quality/registry reporting software from Boston-based QPID Health. Sharp Rees-Stealy employs 500 primary care and specialist physicians.

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