Bon Secours Healthpartners Laboratories to expand number of Misys Clinical Suite systems

Tucson 04 April 2002Misys Healthcare Systems, formerly Sunquest Information Systems Inc., an expert in health care IT, has signed a substantial agreement with Bon Secours Healthpartners Laboratories, located in central Virginia. The expanded pact builds upon an existing relationship and will double the number of Bon Secours laboratories supported by their Misys Laboratory system in central Virginia. The contract includes the addition of CoPathPlus anatomic pathology and Misys Clinical Financial systems. The collective Misys clinical product suite will streamline laboratory processes while efficiently managing all laboratory business activities.


Bon Secours Healthpartners Laboratories (BSHPL) is a full-service, nationally accredited laboratory conducting 6.1 million discrete tests per year. BSHPL is known for its advanced technology, round-the-clock operation, and extensive test menu including advanced breast cancer testing of hormone receptors and HER-2. Results of these tests indicate how patients can benefit from the latest breakthrough treatments for breast cancer. Bon Secours is the only local laboratory system in the Richmond, Virginia area with a large outreach base, serving nursing homes, physician practices, and other hospitals. Bon Secours also performs clinical trials and provides pre-employment and wellness testing for the business community.

"Bon Secours' strategic plans call for growth within its current markets and expansion to additional Virginia markets. After a thorough analysis, we confirmed that enhancement and expansion of our current Misys Laboratory system would best meet the complex requirements of our strategic growth plans. Our plans also call for an anatomic pathology system upgrade and a laboratory-specific billing system implementation. CoPathPlus and Misys Clinical Financial systems came to the top of our list for a number of reasons, based on our market review of available systems", stated Steven Wright, Director of Information Services, Billing and Compliance, Bon Secours Healthpartners Laboratories.

Misys Laboratory is a comprehensive, high-performance laboratory information system that 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 anatomic pathology system is designed to meet the unique work flow requirements of the anatomic pathology department. Health care providers are able to tailor report formats and incorporate images and diagrams for a clear picture of diagnostic findings. Misys Clinical Financial is a powerful, scalable financial information system for independent reference laboratories 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.

More Misys news is available in the VMW April 2002 article Misys modernises pathology in British hospitals and delivers Clinical Financial tool to Connecticut medical centres.

Leslie Versweyveld

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