Utah picks software suite to improve newborn screening processes

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Here is Health Data Management’s weekly roundup of new health IT contracts and go-lives.

* The Utah Department of Health will implement a suite of softwarefrom OZ Systems and STACS DNA that helps coordinate newborn screening activities to reduce delays between specimen collection at hospitals and delivery of specimens to the state laboratory. “We are methodically working to automate timeliness and eliminate gaps in our newborn screening program,” says Andreas Rohrwasser, director of the screening laboratory. “This system will provide specimen chain of custody and integrate electronic medical records for data sharing and reporting for all the birthing hospitals and thousands of physicians across the state.”

* North York General Hospital in Ontario, Canada, has new encryption software from Thales eSecurity to facilitate secure exchange of protected health information between physicians, healthcare staff and patients. The technology supplements in-person consultations with online communications using a computer or mobile device. The product suite includes applications for anti-tampering, data encryption, digital identity, online authentication and end-to-end secure chat capability.

* Radiology and Imaging Specialists, with five offices in Lakeland, Fla., has selected enterprise master patient index software from NextGate to serve its sites and better support local hospitals. The software will reconcile more than 1 million patient records and correlate diagnostic images from multiple sources to give the practice a longitudinal patient record at the point of care. The EMPI also will assign each individual a unique patient identifier that serves as a cross reference for accurate exchange of patient data and treatment plans.

* Sutter Health will use the artificial intelligence platform of Qventus to enhance inpatient pharmacy operations. The goal is to reduce inpatient drug spending and support clinicians via improved pharmacy workflows and quality practices. Price hikes for inpatient drugs have a moderate or severe effect on managing overall costs, according to the organization. The platform combines hospital, patient and pharmacy data in real time to find opportunities where a pharmacist-led intervention may be needed to ensure patients are getting the most appropriate medications.

* The Veterans Health Administration has selected a dialysis electronic medical record from Document Storage Systems. The EHR includes modules for renal patient care management and a reporting system for nephrology (kidney care) to leverage a uniform mechanism to capture and report dialysis data and support electronic reporting to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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