Here are new contract signings that health information technology vendors announced during November. The list covers electronic health records, health information exchange, archives, population health management, revenue cycle, telehealth, data security and analytics, among other technologies.

*Sentara Healthcare selected mobile patient engagement software for headache care from Wellpepper. Patients can use the software to report headache experiences to neurologists in real-time, including pain level, triggers and medications being taken. The goal is to provide more timely treatments.

*UC San Diego Health has bought Merge Healthcare’s iConnect Access software to view images within the electronic health records software and a vendor-neutral archive called iConnect Enterprise Archive. Together, the products enable clinicians to access current and historical images at the point of care using a standard Internet browser.

*Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vt., will implement the emergency department information system of MEDHOST. One goal for the critical access hospital that also has a string of federally qualified health centers is to improve data abstraction capabilities to analyze performance of the ED department.

*The Veterans Affairs Loma Linda Healthcare System is live on patient engagement software from Allen Technologies. Using hospital room televisions, patients have access to a portal to get information on their medical condition and treatment, request certain services and have access to entertainment.

*Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md., signed up for the InnerTrack supply management software from Jump Technologies to improve receiving dock productivity and build an electronic audit trail for all packages received and delivered throughout the organization. The software works on an iPhone, iPad or iPod and integrates with major delivery carriers.

*TeamPraxis, the largest managed services organization for physician practices in Hawaii, will use a suite of software from Athenahealth that includes electronic health records, revenue cycle management and population health management applications, serving 560 physicians across about 250 practices.

* Critical access hospital Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida, Colo., will replace a legacy ambulatory electronic health records system with the EHR of Aprima Medical Software. The 25-bed hospital selected the new EHR serving 32 providers across multiple specialties with assistance from the Colorado Rural Health Center.

* The University of Mississippi Medical Center is greatly expanding a program that gave 100 state residents with diabetes access to home-based remote patient monitoring devices and telehealth services. The program, using equipment from Intel-GE Care Innovations, over six months averaged a 1.7 percent drop in A1C levels, had no hospitalizations or emergency department visits, and saved $339,184. Now, U-Miss wants a lot more Care Innovations products, as it plans to enroll 1,000 patients each month inside and outside of the state, add analytics, and expects to save $189 million in Medicaid costs annually just with the diabetic population.

* Great Plains Health Alliance in Phillipsburg, Kan., will implement the Cerner Millennium electronic health records software across its 25 affiliated critical access hospitals in Kansas and Nebraska. Other hospitals will get the EHR when they join the alliance.

* San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton, Calif., has closed a seven-year, $37.3 million contract for Cerner’s Millennium EHR so it can reach Stage 2 of the meaningful use program. The Millennium suite will replace 27 different information systems patched together over the years, and will integrate with San Joaquin’s PeopleSoft software for human resources, general ledger, accounts payable and materials management.

* Methodist Healthcare Ministries, offering medical, dental and health-related human services to low-income and uninsured families in South Texas, is strengthening its data security. The organization will use the SecurityCenter Continuous View auditing and analytics dashboards of Tenable Network Security to assess security and report compliance status to the board.

* Zotec Partners is the new billing company for Kansas Imaging Consultants in Wichita. Zotec also will provide such services as introducing cleaner denial management processes, physician educational coding tools and revenue cycle data analytics. The practice has 28 radiologists.

* Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia will give access to employer clients of software from Castlight Health to analyze and manage healthcare costs. The goal is to help employers and their employees lower costs, improve outcomes and increase benefit program satisfaction.

* CellNetix Pathology and Laboratories in Seattle will implement the GeneInsight platform to interpret and report complex genetic test results. GeneInsight was developed at Partners Healthcare.

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