New contract signings that health information technology vendors announced during the week of October 19-23 include:

* Bethesda Health in Boynton Beach, Fla., has implemented a biometric patient identification system from RightPatient. Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West both are using the technology to increase safety, ward off theft and fraud and prevent duplication of records. RightPatient clients see more than 30 million patients annually and represent more than 860 locations, according to the vendor.

* Jellico (Tenn.) Community Hospital has bought a suite of software from community hospital vendor MEDHOST for the 54-bed facility. The package includes an inpatient and physician electronic health record, patient portal, and perioperative and emergency department systems.

Also See: Top HIT Purchases for Week of Oct. 12 to 16

* Edward Elmhurst Healthcare in the Chicago region is using “grouping” software from QPID to locate and synthesize patient facts in medical records. The software is specific for Epic products and eases reporting on quality measures, among other functions. The organization has hospitals in Naperville and Elmhurst.

* Cooper University Health Care in Camden, N.J. will use health record aggregation software from eHealth Technologies. The product enables health records and images to be available for patients referred to the health system prior to a patient’s first visit. The software integrates into picture archiving and communication systems, and electronic health records systems.

* The Optima Health insurance plan of Sentara Healthcare in Virginia will use population payment data analytics software from Edifecs for modeling, administering, monitoring and reporting on pay-for-value programs.

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