Misys modernises pathology in British hospitals and delivers Clinical Financial tool to Connecticut medical centres

Tucson 18 March 2002Misys Healthcare Systems, formerly Sunquest Information Systems, has signed a major contract with the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, on behalf of the West London Pathology Consortium (WLPC), located in the United Kingdom. The agreement will supply the Hammersmith, Charing Cross, Chelsea and Westminster, Queen Charlotte's, and St. Mary's Hospitals in West London with its award- winning Misys Laboratory System and the CoPathPlus anatomic pathology system.


The West London Pathology Consortium is a partnership between Hammersmith Hospitals Trust, St. Mary's NHS Trust, Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare Trust, and Imperial College School of Medicine. The West London Pathology Consortium has created a strategic alliance in respect of pathology services and is in the process of developing a truly integrated service with the management board being responsible for the delivery of services to the three participating Trusts.

The multi-million dollar contract will provide a single IT infrastructure across the five sites and will interface with three hospital Trust patient administration systems, enabling the WLPC to replace six existing disparate systems and streamline its pathology services throughout their enterprise. The implementation work is expected to begin in April.

The contract has been funded primarily by an award from the Invest to Save Pathology Modernisation Fund, part of the Pathology Modernisation Programme (PMP) funded by the British government. The ten-year PMP strategy includes modernising pathology services, which are essential in delivering fast and accurate patient diagnoses and effective medication. The WLPC has been very successful in attracting modernisation funds as follows:

  • IT infrastructure across Hammersmith, St. Mary's, Charing Cross, Chelsea & Westminster funded with GBP 1.800.000. Hammersmith was also the first filmless hospital in the country, having developed the picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) allowing x-ray and scan images to be available to medical staff at the stroke of a key on PCs throughout the hospital.
  • Specialist perinatal post-mortem facilities for the West London Consortium funded with GBP 797.000
  • Centralisation of virology services West London Consortium funded with GBP 771.000

Gerald Haffenden, Acting Executive Manager of WLPC, said: "Representatives from all disciplines and sites were involved in the extensive evaluation and the Misys product line best met the complex requirements of our evolving organisation. The ability to book in specimens anywhere in the Consortium and then accurately keep track of them with true multi-site support was mandatory and these are standard features of Misys Laboratory."

Misys Laboratory is a comprehensive, high-performance laboratory information system which manages specimen data from requisition entry to production of the final cumulative report. Misys Laboratory allows any user to virtually customise a laboratory system. Key system components include General Lab, Outreach, Episode Management, Lab Access Results, Multi-facility Support, Blood Bank Donor, Blood Bank Transfusion, Ad Hoc Report Writer, Microbiology, Medical Necessity Checker, and Instrument Autofiling.

CoPathPlus is an industry recognised anatomic pathology information system designed for the unique work flow requirements of the anatomic pathology department. The system provides health care providers with convenient, comprehensive patient and specimen information views and reports. Health care providers are able to tailor report formats and incorporate images and diagrams for a clear picture of diagnostic findings. Robust billing features are designed to ensure accurate, complete and timely billing to save time while increasing revenue and improving cash flow.

In addition, Misys has also signed a contract with Collaborative Laboratory Services, a subsidiary of St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, located in Hartford, Connecticut, and Bristol Hospital, a St. Francis Care partner, located in Bristol, Connecticut. This new contract builds upon Misys' existing client relationship with St. Francis with the addition of Misys Clinical Financial. This financial system, combined with their Misys Laboratory system, delivers a powerful solution which provides accounts receivable and billing with fully integrated regulatory compliance tools.

Misys Clinical Financial is a powerful, scalable financial information system for independent reference labs and outreach hospital lab programmes that automates and manages all laboratory business activities. This comprehensive solution includes Accounts Receivable and Billing which delivers robust features such as unlimited fee schedules, multiple discount types, demographics verification, robust compliance tools, effective date-based pricing, and user-definable billing cycles.

A joint organisation by St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Bristol Hospital, Collaborative Laboratory Services offers full-service routine chemistry, haematology, blood drawing, and screenings services at locations throughout Connecticut. Results are immediately accessible to the databases at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Bristol Hospital, for fast, accurate follow-up as needed.

Misys Healthcare Systems is a division of Misys plc., based in the United Kingdom. The company designs, develops, and supports a comprehensive suite of information products for hospitals, commercial laboratories, physician practices and home care providers serving the health care IT industry's broadening spectrum of needs. Misys Healthcare Systems' three business units have a well-established customer base with 85.000 physicians, 1200 hospitals, 600 home care providers, and hundreds of laboratories, clinics, managed services organisations and other related organisations using the company's products and services.

Leslie Versweyveld

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