M. D. Anderson Cancer Center to select Per-Se Technologies' Patient1 computer-based patient record solution

Atlanta 24 April 2001Per-Se Technologies Inc. has signed a contract with the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center to implement its Patient1 computer-based patient record (CPR) system for in-patient services. Houston-based M. D. Anderson Cancer Center plans to install Patient1 to automate all patient medical records. The 400-bed Comprehensive Cancer Center will implement Patient1 to improve care delivery, patient safety as well as the operational performance, positioning the institution to meet the demands of a projected 50 percent growth in patient and campus expansion over the next five years.


"Purchasing a CPR system is essential for our success and future growth", said Rich Pollack, vice president and chief information officer, ad interim, of M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. "By providing an integrated data repository, full clinical decision support can be implemented at the point of order entry. The Per-Se Patient1 application will assist the organisation in further achieving its mission of eliminating cancer in Texas, the nation and the world."

The Patient1 solution will substantially replace M. D. Anderson's manual paper chart process to meet three objectives, which are improving patient safety and medication administration, including the management of complex chemotherapy regimens via computerised order entry; reducing the clinician dependency on paper charts by providing all the necessary medical data electronically; and optimising operational efficiency via embedded rules and work flow.

"The Per-Se Patient1 is an integrated CPR system which operates on a single database", stated Mr. Pollack. "In addition to its proven track record of handling huge volumes of transactions, the CPR architecture employs a high availability redundant configuration, meaning the chances of unplanned downtime are nearly eliminated. Its robust set of configuration tools, embedded rules engine, and incorporated work flow also contribute to its success."

Continuing, Mr. Pollack said: "In the first phase of our implementation, we will utilise Patient1's unique and unlimited configuration capabilities to create customised screens of stored 25 years of laboratory and pathology results, with plans to combine clinical data from other multiple departments such as radiology, pharmacy, and nursing to support our clinicians. Patient1 has robust functionality to offer patient-centric data from a comprehensive, longitudinal record in clinician-specific views."

Karen Andrews, president of Per-Se's Application Software division, stated: "We are thrilled to partner with this prestigious and world-renowned cancer centre. The Per-Se Patient1 patient-centred, point-of-care system seamlessly integrates the best medical and operational practices with patient data. This integration facilitates effective decision-making at the point of care and automates every aspect of the care experience into a CPR."

Patient1 further supports M. D. Anderson's directive of reducing medical errors to increase patient safety as defined in the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM) 1999 report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System. Patient1's rules-based architecture provides a robust capability for physician-based orders with built-in clinical decision support.

"M. D. Anderson is committed to ensuring patient safety to further reduce medical errors", explained Mr. Pollack. "The Patient1 CPR system will complement our multiple safety initiatives. Based on a comprehensive model that tightly incorporates medication management with the physician order entry process, the solution will streamline training time, reduce manual processes, provide conflict checking, prevent duplication of orders, and prevent errors in the administration of medication. We look forward to using Patient1, for example, to trend the laboratory results against chemotherapy to evaluate the patient's response to treatment over time."

Mrs. Andrews added: "Per-Se is excited to work with M. D. Anderson to achieve their patient safety objectives. We expect our collaboration with this prestigious institution to raise the profile for Patient1 with other health care organisations in the marketplace."

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is one of the first three Comprehensive Cancer Centers, designated by the National Cancer Act of 1971. In July 2000, U.S. News & World Report named M.D. Anderson the leading cancer hospital in the United States. M.D. Anderson is a 400-bed inpatient facility, with more than 2000 outpatient visits daily and is devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education, and prevention.

More news about the Patient1 solution is available in the VMW March 2001 article Per-Se's enhanced electronic patient record features medical error prevention and clinical decision support.

Leslie Versweyveld

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