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Hospital Roundup: Recent Health Technology Investments

A look at health IT integration and practical application at hospitals around the country.

- As the week draws to a close, here’s a look at health IT integration and practical application at hospitals around the country.

Roundup of health IT investment and integration at hospitals around the United States.

San Joaquin General Hospital in California has signed a $37 million, seven-year contract for a new health information system that will integrate with human resources, accounting and materials management systems. Installation is expected to begin in February 2016, with a go-live target of summer 2017. [Recordnet.com]

Glens Falls Hospital in New York recently installed a $1 million interventional radiology system as part of a $25 million investment in new technology and building improvements. The new system enables 3-D images of a patient’s organs to be superimposed on live X-ray images during procedures. [PostStar.com]

In Northeast Wisconsin, ambulances are equipped with portable monitor/ defibrillators that capture heart readings. Through an onboard WiFi hotspot, paramedics can transmit readouts to on-call cardiologists at any of four Green Bay area hospitals. “The quicker a cardiologist can get their eyes on that EKG, the better, because it helps us plan which equipment we’ll use. It helps us determine how sick the patient might be,” said Scott Weslow, MD, an interventional cardiologist at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. [WBAY.com]

Southern Hills Hospital in Nevada is piloting wireless technology that monitors a patient’s brain waves to help them express feelings of discomfort. The patient wears a headband and earbuds that can interact with tablet computers running an electroencephalography system. [Nasdaq GlobeNewswire]

Lenox Hill Hospital in New York has begun making digital videos for discharged patients as an alternative to printed discharge instructions. The videos can include information such as screen captures from MRI procedures and doctors’ explanations and follow-up instructions. Patients can play back videos on their smartphone. The hospital is enrolling patients in a clinical trial of the technology. [WSJ.com]

Bon Secours Health System, with 19 hospitals in six states, has initiated a program that combines population health management, patient engagement and care management technologies. Hospital discharges trigger an automated system that contacts patients within 72 hours and prompts them to complete a health assessment. At the hospital end, responses are analyzed and escalated to nurses, social workers and care managers for further counseling as indicated. [Managed Healthcare Executive]

At Community Hospital in Indiana, radiologists, urologists and oncologists are using a new generation of MRI and software to identify, target and biopsy tumors more precisely than with conventional methods. Enhanced visual images help physicians distinguish benign from malignant tumors. “With the advanced images combined with the guidance of ultrasound, we can get a much more accurate picture of where the tumor is located and how aggressive it is,” said Jonathan Lee, MD, a radiologist at Community Hospital. [LaPortCountyLife.com]

El Camino Hospital in California wants to eliminate patient falls with its facilities. It has implemented technology to monitor patients’ movements and predict falls. The system evaluates data input from multiple sources such as bed sensors, call buttons and changes in patient movement. Within the program’s first six months, patient falls decreased by 39 percent. [Los Altos Town Crier]

 

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