Sunquest to continually promote multi-featured CoPathPlus Anatomic Pathology programme

Tucson 25 October 2001Sunquest Information Systems Inc., a supplier of clinical data management and a business unit of Misys Healthcare Systems, continues the success of its CoPathPlus Anatomic Pathology programme. In accordance with a Value Added Reseller (VAR) agreement with Dynamic Healthcare Technologies (DHT) Inc., Sunquest markets and provides support services for CoPathPlus to Sunquest customers and is currently integrating the system with its FlexiLab Laboratory Information System (LIS). During the third quarter of 2001, 20 health care institutions signed contracts with Sunquest to implement CoPathPlus.


"The strong sales of CoPathPlus during 2001 and particularly during this past quarter shows high customer confidence in Sunquest's ability to deliver and support CoPathPlus, the most comprehensive, robust anatomic pathology solution available today", noted Mark Emkjer, President and General Manager of Sunquest Information Systems. "Customers understand and appreciate the value utilising our FlexiLab system with CoPathPlus, with the entire solution being implemented and supported by our customer service and consulting teams. Sunquest is committed to building on its already successful CoPathPlus programme. Sunquest will add new features, functionality, and further integration with Sunquest solutions as we see fit with timelines driven by the needs of our clients and the market in general."

Some of the Sunquest's most prominent FlexiLab and CoPath sites include:

  • Adventist Health - Winter Park, Florida
  • Baptist Healthcare Systems - Louisville, Kentucky
  • Children's Hospital - Washington, DC
  • Dynacare Northwest Laboratories - Dallas, Texas
  • Florida Health Organization - Orlando, Florida
  • Greenville Hospital System - Greenville, South Carolina
  • Health Network Laboratories - Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • TriHealth Inc. - Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Vancouver Hospital and Health - Vancouver, British Columbia
  • University of California Irvine Medical Center - Orange, California

In addition, Sunquest announced that the planned acquisition of DHT by Cerner Corporation has no material impact on Sunquest's value-added CoPathPlus solution nor its ability to market, implement, support, or enhance the software. Driven by customer and market requirements, Sunquest will continue to deliver and maintain its CoPathPlus-based anatomic pathology-lab solution, independent of Cerner or DHT.

"We have been live and using CoPathPlus from Sunquest for two years and have found it to be a valuable tool in support of our quality patient care mission. Its customisable reports and intuitive, easy-to-use Windows-based patient and specimen information views are especially useful for our managers and directors", said Stuart Lowe, System Manager at Laboratory Information Systems, Sacred Heart Medical Center. "The system has proven itself to be dependable, user friendly and intuitive to use. Coupled with its robust user development environment, CoPath has been a great fit for our institution", added Pat Bryant, Laboratory Systems Information Manager, Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital.

An industry-recognised anatomic pathology information system, CoPathPlus is designed for the unique work flow of the anatomic pathology department, providing a comprehensive display of patient and specimen information in a variety of report formats. An integrated report writer enables users to create their own ad hoc reports or select from the management report options built into the system.

CoPathPlus offers health care providers functionality which includes:

  • Fast report turnaround, including automatic faxing capabilities, to help secure additional business
  • Expedited diagnoses that accommodate larger specimen volumes and help generate higher revenues
  • Extensive billing features that save time and money, including departmental billing with multiple fee codes, automate charge capture, and electronic billing interfaces
  • Automatic capture of stains and procedures performed on every specimen, with automatic billing if additional stains are ordered

Sunquest Information Systems Inc. includes more than 1250 sites worldwide. The company designs, develops, and supports a comprehensive suite of information products for hospitals, independent laboratories, and health care networks to include laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy systems. Sunquest uses open systems which are scalable to any size hospital or health care network. Sunquest's consulting division, Balanced View Consulting, provides a wide array of management and technical tools, including lab redesign and optimisation, outreach and lab network programme development, and operational business and implementation plans in addition to HIPAA compliance assessment and implementation services.

Leslie Versweyveld

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