VA Sierra Pacific VISN to install PicisMSM's CareSuite in five hospitals

Arlington 13 March 2002The VA Sierra Pacific Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) has chosen to implement PicisMSM's critical care information system, CareSuite, within five of the system's hospitals throughout California and Nevada. The CareSuite critical care information system will seamlessly integrate with the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), which automates the care process work flow that supports the day-to-day operations at VHA health care facilities.


The VA Sierra Pacific VISN is part of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), one of the United States' largest integrated health care systems. CareSuite will be implemented at all critical care locations across the entire regional network to ensure that each patient's progress is automatically tracked across the entire continuum of critical care.

"The implementation of the PicisMSM system in our critical care environments will automate the work flow of the entire critical care process, enabling more complete clinical documentation and saving valuable time for practitioners. The information system also allows for real time and retrospective analysis of all of the data stored in one central database, enabling us to realise outcomes improvement across the whole region", stated Dr. Gerard Ozanne, staff anaesthesiologist at the VA San Francisco, one of the VA Sierra Pacific VISN's medical centres. "CareSuite supports our mission to provide high quality care to veterans and serve as a model for health care delivery in the 21st century."

CareSuite will be implemented at San Francisco VA Medical Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, VA Central California Health Care System, and VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, as well as the VA Sacramento Medical Center at Mather. The implementation will include four of CareSuite's modules, including Chart+, Visual Care, QuickQuery, and Remote View.

"We chose to implement CareSuite after conducting rigorous due diligence on the technology and clinical functionality of a variety of product suites. We found that CareSuite most closely matched our ideas about system design and evolution, and could be tailored to our specific needs", stated Dr. Eran Geller, chief of intensive care services of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

The VA Sierra Pacific Network is a system of six acute hospitals, six nursing homes, residential treatment programmes and 24 freestanding outpatient clinics located throughout northern California, northern Nevada, Hawaii, Guam, and the Philippines.

"Working with a multi-hospital system, such as the VA Sierra Pacific VISN, displays the scalability, flexibility, and customisability of the CareSuite solution. The PicisMSM critical care solution will enable these five hospitals to network multiple critical care environments in one production database in real time", commented Todd Cozzens, PicisMSM chief executive officer. "We are committed to meeting the needs of VA hospitals and are excited that the VA Sierra Pacific VISN has chosen to work with us."

The VISN serves 1.3 million veterans per year. Medical School affiliations include the University of California, San Francisco; University of California, Davis; Stanford University; University of Hawaii; and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The VISN is a virtual and horizontally integrated health care system serving veterans within a broad geographic area.

PicisMSM is a worldwide provider of the most comprehensive and proven information technology solutions for health care providers to automate the entire operating room and critical care environments to drive process improvements and optimise outcomes. PicisMSM was formed in 2002 through the merger of Picis Inc. and Medical Systems Management Inc. (MSM), two experts in operating room clinical and business automation.

PicisMSM's solutions are installed in more than 400 medical centres worldwide, including the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Emory Healthcare; Evanston Northwestern Healthcare; Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore; HCA Inc.; HMA Inc.; Houston Methodist Healthcare; the Mayo Clinic; NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Putrajaya National Medical Center, Malaysia; Stanford University Medical Center; Sutter Health; University Hospital Rotterdam; University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; and University of Vienna Hospital.

Leslie Versweyveld

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