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New contract signings that health information technology vendors announced during the week of November 9-13 range from a 25-bed critical access hospital’s EHR replacement to a university hospital’s acquisition of home-based remote patient monitoring devices.

* 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.

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* 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.

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