Vanderbilt University Medical Center is reviewing its clinical IT systems in an effort to replace key elements, including tools for clinical decision support, nursing documentation and medication management.
McKesson Corp., the vendor for the various applications, has announced it will no longer support those clinical products as of March 2018. Due to the technology's scope, only two contenders are available to replace McKesson's products: Cerner Corp. and Epic Systems Corp. VUMC has tapped Deloitte Consulting to assist with vendor selection.
One of the applications, Horizon Expert Orders, was developed based on technology developed at VUMC and called WizOrder, which was licensed to McKesson in 2001. The application was later back-installed at VUMC.
"We want to understand where we are today with our functionality, and also what our clinicians say we don't have and what we could really use," Mark Ciampa, director of VUMC's HealthIT program management office, said in a statement. "We'll be interviewing physicians, nurses and other staff in the hospital and clinics to help us evaluate current functionality and things that we have today that we really need."
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Post-acute care analytics company Medalogix has been chosen as a finalist and awarded $37,500 through Harvard Business School's Health Acceleration Challenge.
The challenge judged applicants on their ability to create and improve value in the health care system. Medalogix submitted its 'Bridge' solution, which uses analytics to identify and facilitate end of life care.
As a finalist, Medalogix will have the opportunity to win an additional $50,000, which will be awarded next year to one of the four finalists based on how the organizations scale. The company will also have the opportunity to present at the Forum on Health Care Innovation, and Harvard Business School will write a case study on the company and its approach.
"Being chosen as one of the more impactful health care innovations by such a prestigious institution like Harvard is a great compliment to us and validating to our mission," Dan Hogan, Medalogix founder and CEO, said in a release. "For years we've been working with our heads down to innovate and build meaningful technology that improves patient care. Harvard's Health Acceleration Challenge is a big stage that will give us the platform to affect even more patients in the long run."
Local clinical documentation company Shareable Ink has partnered with Allscripts to provide information management solutions for the IT company's ambulatory care platform, Allscripts Sunrise.
Terms of the partnership were not disclosed in a release.
Shareable Ink will provide anesthesia information management solutions for Sunrise and will add point-of-care clinical documentation to the Allscripts platform.
"We look forward to providing integrated anesthesia an simplified clinical documentation solutions to Allscripts' prestigious Sunrise clients," Laurie McGraw, Shareable Ink CEO and president, said in the release. "Allscripts has long been a market leader embracing an open philosophy and architecture to extend their platform. Shareable Ink solutions will amplify the robust Allscripts Sunrise continuous patient record so clinicians can focus on the patient, deliver the best outcomes and improve the bottom line."
McGraw was previously the chief client officer of Allscripts and joined Shareable Ink as CEO last June. In May of this year, the local company brought on Allscripts former vice president of sales, Greg Shorten, as chief growth officer.
Health care technology company Lincor Inc. announced a New Jersey-based health care system has signed a five-year contract to deploy PatietLINC, the company's software solutions platform.
CarePoint Health is a three-hospital network including Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital and Hoboken University Medical Center. Through the contract, terms of which were not disclosed in a release, CarePoint will use Lincor's software solutions to improve outcomes, increase efficiency and improve patient satisfaction.
"Today's patients are also consumers, and hospitals must now meet the technology standards and expectations that patients and their loved ones bring to the health care experience," said Chris Cashwell, Lincor senior vice president of global marketing and sales. "With PatientLINC, the ability to enhance the experience while focusing on clinical improvements is a win-win, and we're excited to partner with CarePoint to further empower their patients and improve outcomes."
Lincor debuted its LINC product portfolio last December, which emphasizes health reform goals like patient satisfaction and electronic health record adoption.
A Texas hospital network has chosen Medhost's electronic health record platform, as well as clinical and financial solutions, for the IT needs of its two hospitals.
Through the deal, terms of which were not disclosed in a release. Carrus Hospitals in Sherman, Texas will implement Medhost's enterprise solutions in its two medical facilities. Carrus comprises a 16-bed acute care specify hospital and a 24-bed rehabilitation hospital.
"Long-term acute care facilities and rehabilitation hospitals, like Carrus Hospitals, have unique clinical and financial challenges, such as multi-disciplinary teams needing access to patient data so they can work in parallel," said Craig Herrod, Medhost president. "Carrus Hospitals is a great example of a health care facility leveraging the latest available technology to help overcome these challenges. Medhost is proud to provide Carrus Hospitals a comprehensive solution that aligns with its business, clinical and regulatory demands and for the opportunity to be part oft he organization's strategy to continually provide high-quality care."
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