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INDUSTRY WATCH


Receive expert breast imaging results virtually RADIOLOGY


A national radiology practice called Virtual Radiologic (vRad) has expand-


ed access to high-quality interpretations from subspecial- ists across the U.S. After clients’ scanning and information systems are connected to vRad’s technology platform, mammography studies and patient information can be routed quickly and automatically to fellowship-trained breast imagers. When combined with MagView’s structured reporting system, vRad facilitates direct communication between vRad’s radiologists and remote technologists about the magnifi ed views critical in providing the most accurate breast cancer detection. vRad’s technology platform also enables radiology practices and their clients to have real- time communication with subspecialists. “Small and mid-size radiology practices without the patient volume to justify a breast imaging specialist will fi nd it absolutely invaluable,” says Arlene Sussman, M.D., vRad’s director of breast imaging. “Even the larger prac- tices with subspecialists on staff can use the program for overfl ow and staffi ng coverage.” Learn more about this service at www.virtualrad.com.


E-prescribing controlled substances E-PRESCRIBING


Molina chooses Centricity practice solution for EMRs


Molina Healthcare, a 16-state healthcare system serving 4.3 million Medicare and Med- icaid patients and families, has selected GE Healthcare’s Centricity Practice Solution (CPS) as its primary platform for electronic medical records and practice management. CPS is certified by both CCHIT and NCQA, which will help Molina meet recognized quality standards and meaningful-use requirements. Since it operates a multistate managed-care plan, Molina required a tool that offered well-developed integration capabilities with external systems and support for private, secure communication with patients and outside medical practices. The ability to interface with patients and labs, along with its e-prescribing tools, also played signifi cant roles in Molina’s decision to choose this platform. Learn more about this solution at www.gehealthcare.com/centricity/.


EMRS


Specimen-moving robot fi nds job at Scottsdale med center


ROBOTICS


DrFirst and its partners are planning to launch electronic prescribing of


controlled substances this summer to participating physi- cians and authorized prescribers nationwide through a program called EPCS Gold. The company will provide technical specifi cations to its current 160-plus “Open Bor- ders” EHR partners. Phase one of the roll-out will occur in a small number of states where the pharmacies are ready to accept controlled-substance prescriptions electronically. Although the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) released the fi nal rule on electronic prescriptions for controlled substances (EPCS) in June 2010, to date no HIT vendor has begun offering the ability to e-prescribe controlled substances to its clients. According to a DrFirst representative, this is primarily due to the diffi culty of meeting the DEA requirements, the signifi cant costs and the struggle to develop two-factor authentication solutions that address the varying needs of providers. “At last, e-prescribing will be accessible to all providers, including a previously under-served market of dentists, pain management physicians, surgeons and other practi- tioners who prescribe a greater proportion of controlled substances,” says Peter N. Kaufman, CMO, DrFirst. You can learn more at www.drfi rst.com.


6 July 2011


Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center


in Arizona installed a SpeciMinder autonomous mobile robot in April in its central laboratory. Supplied by Swisslog Healthcare Solutions, the unit is designed to transport specimens, tis- sues and other items between receiving and testing stations within the four walls of the lab. Once the bot’s payload compartment is loaded, a destination button is selected and the robot automatically picks the most effi cient delivery route. After all deliveries are made, the robot returns to its charging station and remains there until summoned. Cool features of SpeciMinder include human-like voice commands that notify staff of its presence, laser guidance that ensures avoidance of people and objects, and the abil- ity to interface with automatic doors along its route. The robot requires no facility modifi cations during installation, and its route can be quickly mapped and modifi ed. It can transport a 50-pound payload at normal walking speeds through hallways as narrow as 27 inches. “We expect the SpeciMinder to help us achieve consis- tent, enhanced turnaround time and improved effi ciency by relieving staff of manually moving specimens within the lab,” says Susan Bittikofer, lab manager at Scottsdale Healthcare.


SpeciMinder is available for either purchase or lease. You can learn more at www.swisslog.com.


HEALTH MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY www.healthmgttech.com


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