IDX selects Infologix to provide wireless solutions for the LastWord enterprise clinical system

Seattle 25 January 2002IDX Systems Corporation, a provider of health care information systems and Infologix Inc., a value-added wireless integrator, are partnering to supply wireless hardware technology with point of care software to health care organisations. The agreement brings together IDX's expertise in enterprise clinical information systems with Infologix's expertise in wireless technology, further enabling medical practitioners to securely access real time clinical information across the continuum of care.

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Clinical information systems contain valuable information to improve the quality of patient care but such information must be available wherever and whenever care is given to be truly effective. Use of wireless devices in conjunction with clinical information systems has been widely recognised in the health care industry as crucial to improving patient care including reduced errors, increased efficiencies, and enhanced decision support.

The IDX LastWord system provides caregivers with secure, real time access to clinical information, including orders and results, clinical documentation, decision support, and pharmacy. By using a wireless device, a clinician can access LastWord without having to visit a fixed terminal, an approach that fits with the fast-paced, mobile work flow of most medical practitioners.

"LastWord's flexible, net-centric architecture enables us to maintain high levels of system reliability, security, and response time, all necessities when clinicians access clinical information on wireless devices and handhelds", stated Larry Krassner, LastWord division president. "Through our relationship with Infologix, our customers gain additional expert advice on use of wireless technologies in the care setting. As we further advance wireless access to LastWord, the Infologix team will be a valuable resource because of their in-depth knowledge of the mobile device industry."

Mr. Krassner noted that IDX is further developing LastWord's capabilities in two crucial patient safety areas: wireless barcoding, designed to enhance safety during medication dispensation, and physician order entry via mobile devices. "The opportunity for IDX and Infologix to work together has been driven by strong customer interest and our complementary wireless strategies", explained David Gulian, president of Infologix.

"Both organisations share a commitment to the use of versatile wireless devices, and to staying on the leading edge of the industry. A health care organisation's wireless solution often includes pen tablets, point of care mobile carts, retrofit designs for medication carts, wireless network products, and other mobile devices, each designed to provide care team members with mobile access to the LastWord system", added Mr. Gulian.

Founded in 1969, IDX Systems Corporation provides information technology solutions to maximise value in the delivery of health care, improve the quality of patient service, enhance medical outcomes, and reduce the costs of care. IDX supports these objectives with a broad range of complementary, functionally rich, and highly integrated products installed at 2600 client sites. Customers include 120.000 physicians who utilise practice management systems to improve patient care and other work flow processes.

IDX Systems are installed at:

  • 320 Integrated delivery networks (IDNs) representing more than 500 hospitals
  • 260 large group practices with more than 100 physicians
  • 500 small and mid-size group practices with less than 100 physicians

The IDX Web strategy includes browser technology, e-commerce, and Web-based tools, built using Internet architecture that facilitates access for patients, physicians, and care providers to vital health information and data managed by the IDX clinical, administrative, financial, and managed care products. EDiX Corporation, an IDX subsidiary, offers medical transcription and clinical documentation services to physicians groups and hospital customers.

Infologix Inc. is a complete information solutions provider and systems integrator serving enterprises that require superior mobile computing, data collection, and secure wireless networking technologies to empower and expedite information delivery. Site surveys, project management, selection of wireless devices, installation, troubleshooting, network security, distance learning, and mobile needs assessment are just a few of the services provided to health care customers.


Leslie Versweyveld

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