Mountain States Health Alliance to install Siemens' clinical IT

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Siemens Medical Solutions and Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) have signed an agreement for MSHA to implement a complete suite of Siemens clinical information technology (IT).

MSHA employs a staff of 5,000 and includes eight owned hospitals (1,124 licensed beds) and 60 affiliated hospitals and nursing homes.

The agreement covers Siemens Soarian Common Clinicals, Soarian Cardiology, Soarian Clinical Access, Soarian Scheduling, and Soarian Health Information Management (HIM) components, as well as Siemens PDAccess, Siemens Pharmacy, and Med Administration Check, which uses bar code technology to alert nurses to potential medication administration errors.

The technologies will be implemented in three phases over the next five years.

MSHA is a locally owned and managed healthcare system based in Johnson City, Tenn. The healthcare system was formed when Johnson City Medical Center Hospital Inc. acquired six Columbia/HCA Inc. hospitals in northeast Tennessee in September 1998.

In addition to its hospitals, MSHA's integrated healthcare delivery system includes 21 primary/preventive care centers and 13 outpatient care sites.