January's top stories: Indian hospital group launches teleradiology, Wilson Medical Center's JV

Indian hospital group introduced teleradiology remote consulting and diagnostic services, while Wilson Medical Center and Duke LifePoint Healthcare signed a definitive agreement to form a new joint venture. Hospitalmanagement.net wraps-up the key headlines from January 2014.


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Indian hospital group introduces teleradiology remote consulting and diagnostic services

Apollo Hospitals Group introduced teleradiology remote consulting and diagnostic services at its flagship hospital in Chennai.

The technology, which was inaugurated by former president of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, will help patients and diagnostic centres in remote locations to access quality radiologists for opinion-based services and treatment recommendations.

Apollo said the service would play a vital role in reducing patient waiting time for diagnosis and commencement of treatment, and cost.

Florida hospital offers Boston Scientific's implantable defibrillator for at-risk heart patients

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Florida Hospital Tampa announced the successful implantation of the new subcutaneous implantable defibrillator (S-ICD) system from Boston Scientific in two patients risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), at its Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute.

Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, located at Florida Hospital Tampa, is reportedly the first in Tampa Bay to offer the S-ICD system defibrillator for patients at risk of SCA.

The S-ICD system is implanted just below the skin without the need for thin, insulated wires - known as leads - to be placed into the heart itself. This leaves the heart and blood vessels untouched.

New York hospital selects SA Ignite to automate meaningful use electronic filing

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Mount Sinai Health System selected SA Ignite for an enterprise-wide Meaningful Use Solution (MU) to automate its 'last mile' of achieving Meaningful Use (MU) and attesting for Medicare incentive payments.

MU Assistant has been dubbed the 'TurboTax for Meaningful Use reporting' for its ability to automate MU reporting and enable one-click electronic attestation to CMS and state Medicaid agencies.

Mount Sinai is reportedly the fifth MU Assistant client of SA Ignite in the New York City region.

Wilson Medical Center and Duke LifePoint Healthcare to form joint venture

The Wilson Medical Center, a 294-bed health care organisation, and Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System and LifePoint Hospitals, signed a definitive agreement to form a new joint venture.

The Wilson County Board of Commissioners voted positively for the joint venture, which will provide Wilson Medical Center with resources to enhance its services and invest in its growth.

Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Duke LifePoint would own 80% of the joint venture, and Wilson Medical Center and the community would own a 20% ownership stake.

California hospital selects Allscripts Sunrise clinical product suite as its EHR solution

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Dameron Hospital Association, a 202-bed community hospital in Stockton, California, selected Allscripts Sunrise clinical product suite as its electronic health record (EHR) solution to advance care and improve outcomes.

The hospital has deployed Allscripts' key products and services to optimise care coordination, patient engagement and patient outcomes.

Dameron Hospital president and CEO Lorraine Auerbach said: "Sunrise has a range of capabilities that make it the perfect solution for Dameron.

Atlantic Health System to buy Hackettstown Regional Medical Center from Adventist HealthCare

Atlantic Health System agreed to purchase Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, a 111-bed acute care hospital, from Adventist HealthCare.

The transaction is subject to state regulatory review, which may take several months to complete, and follows the completion of a merger between Atlantic Health System and Chilton Hospital on 1 January 2014.

Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, which was the only Adventist HealthCare facility located in New Jersey, will continue as a non-profit, acute care general hospital under Atlantic Health System's ownership.

California hospital selects Intelligent InSites' software to improve operational efficiency

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Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (VMC), a 574-bed acute-care teaching hospital located in San Jose, California, implemented Intelligent InSites' real-time location system (RTLS) asset management software to automatically track and manage 5,000 hospital assets throughout nine buildings on its campus.

With the InSites solution, the hospital will be able to further optimise its assets, eliminating unnecessary purchases and rental expenses, as well as perform preventive maintenance, manage recalls, and conduct inventory counts.

In addition, the RTLS solution will enable staff at Santa Clara VMC to quickly look up the item they need and see its exact location and status.

German clinic launches new advanced radiation therapy using Elekta's Versa HD system

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Clinicians at Evangelische Kliniken Gelsenkirchen in Germany used Elekta's Versa HD system for the first time on 28 October 2013 to treat a 72-year-old female patient with advanced (metastatic) cancer.

According to Evangelische Kliniken, the Versa HD system boosted radiation therapy speed and accuracy.

The clinic found that the Versa HD treatments were faster and more accurate and provided more protection to surrounding healthy organs when compared with treatment on the clinic's existing linear accelerator with which the patient received her first few fractions.