HDM’s weekly roundup of new technology contracts and deployments include a small hospital committing $16 million for a Cerner electronic health record and Virtua Health selecting Epic for its system.

  • Virtua Health, serving southern New Jersey, will implement Epic with ambulatory sites expected to be done by October 2017 and inpatient sites to be completed by March 2018, according to newspaper reports.
  • Madison Memorial Hospital
    Madison Memorial Hospital

  • Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho, will implement Cerner’s EHR, the Rexburg Standard Journal newspaper reports. The 69-bed hospital will have a total cost of ownership of $16 million over seven years with the initial purchase about $6 million and a monthly maintenance fee of $86,475. Epic and Meditech also were considered, reports said.
  • Four-hospital Health First, serving central Florida, has bought a patient engagement platform from HealthLoop to automate text and email communications with patients and delivery of condition-specific guidance. The program will start with the orthopedic surgery department at Holmes Medical Center to support success with Medicare’s Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundled payments program.
  • Catholic Health Initiatives, already an Allscripts client, will expand its FollowMyHealth ambulatory patient portal into the acute care environment, giving patients a single portal, replacing the current legacy inpatient portal. CHI also will deploy Allscripts’ FollowMyHealth Achieve product to enable patients at home to view orders that their physicians have entered into the TouchWorks EHR, and to capture home-based readings and results to assess compliance with treatment plans.
  • Mission Health in Asheville, N.C., has selected clinical surveillance software from ParaHealth, which will integrate into an enterprise data warehouse and the Cerner EHR to give physicians a better picture of patients’ conditions. The software also will remotely monitor patients and support bed management across the delivery system’s five other hospitals.
  • Three-facility Northside Hospital in Georgia will use a rules engine from RCxRules, integrated with existing clinical and revenue cycle systems, to automate review and correction of charges before they are sent to the billing system. The goal is to virtually eliminate denials that are based on bad data.

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