New contract signings announced by health information technology vendors during the week of January 11-15 include a home health agency seeking more support for population health management:
* HRS Home Health, an agency in Chicago seeing more than 1,000 patients a week, will deploy a chronic disease management platform from Wanda Health. The platform, supporting Android tablet devices, connects patients and clinicians, and collects patient data and conducts risk analysis on the data.
* Meridian Health in New Jersey will implement a suite of patient billing and payment software, including acceptance of mobile payments, from Patientco. The package includes new consumer-friendlier patient statements.
* Partners HealthCare in Boston has expanded use of data analytics software from QPID Health that uses natural language processing technology to pull pertinent patient data from Partners’ Epic electronic health record. Partners has been using the software in some facilities; now, it will expand to all 10 hospitals and associated physician organizations. Twenty-four hospital Sutter Health also will implement QPID and integrate with its Epic EHR.
* Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, Pa., is buying electronic forms and patient signature capture software from Access, replacing a homegrown e-forms scanning system that could not keep pace as needs grew. The new software enables the capturing of electronic patient signatures during registration and the sending of forms into patient charts without scanning.
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