ProHealth Care selects IDX Carecast for computerised physician order entry and IDXrad for radiology

Burlington 25 July 2002IDX Systems Corporation has closed an agreement with ProHealth Care Inc. in Waukesha, Wisconsin, to provide the IDX Carecast enterprise clinical system and the IDXrad radiology information management system across the health network's two hospital facilities. ProHealth Care will use Carecast to support computerised physician order entry (CPOE), electronic clinical documentation at the point of care and lifetime electronic patient records. IDXrad and IDX Imaging Suite will provide real time access to diagnostic-quality images and vital patient information, combined with the comprehensive Carecast clinical information system.


ProHealth Care will replace its current clinical information system, in place for more than 20 years, with Carecast. To choose its new system, ProHealth Care conducted a year-long review process encompassing major vendors. Built to deliver 99,9 percent uptime, "Thinkspeed" subsecond response time, and comprehensive clinical information, Carecast helps complex health care organisations advance patient safety, enhance quality of care, and improve cost-effectiveness. At ProHealth Care, Carecast will support CPOE with functions including transmitting medication orders throughout the enterprise, incorporating fully integrated pharmacy information, and monitoring every order for potential medication errors.

Carecast's clinical documentation capabilities are designed to enable clinicians to better plan and manage each patient's care, while documenting care activities in the system's lifetime electronic patient record. ProHealth Care is already distinctive in its use of information technology to manage patient care, with nurses and other clinicians using more than 300 electronic care plans. By deploying Carecast, ProHealth Care will further expand its care management capabilities, increasing clinicians' ability to access and document patient information at the point of care. ProHealth Care clinicians will access Carecast's patient information through a range of wireless devices, including handhelds and laptops.

Carecast will also support ProHealth Care's Emergency Department work flow and triage, co-ordinate scheduling and medical records management, and generate data to support staff allocation and other management functions. Streamlined radiology information management is also key to ProHealth Care's clinical information strategy. ProHealth Care will manage image libraries and diagnostic reporting through the IDXrad Radiology Information System (RIS), a Web-based solution that facilitates integration of patient and exam information.

It is intended that IDXrad will accelerate turn-around on the 250.000 exams ProHealth Care conducts annually and will streamline registration, master patient indexing, multi-organisational exam scheduling, patient tracking, diagnostic reporting, administration and billing, and image library management. IDX Imaging Suite will also facilitate bi-directional communication and integration between IDXrad and ProHealth Care's third-party Picture and Archive Communication Systems (PACS). The implementation of IDX solutions will provide safeguards for quality by improving the accuracy and accessibility of patient information, and will also help to improve consistency and accuracy in accounting data.

"We've had a long-term, positive working relationship with ProHealth Care through their use of our GPMS practice management system in the ambulatory environment", stated James H. Crook Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer of IDX. "ProHealth Care is already a leader in its use of information technology to support quality patient care, and we look forward to supporting the organisation's future advances in CPOE, care planning and point-of-care use of clinical information." Use of Carecast and IDXrad will span ProHealth Care's Waukesha Memorial Hospital with 400 licensed beds and Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital with 156 licensed beds.

ProHealth Care Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation that serves as the parent company for Waukesha and Oconomowoc Memorial hospitals, 13 primary care clinics, home health care, long term care, a health and fitness centre, and more, with services continually being developed and added. Specialised tertiary services include interventional cardiology, advanced cancer treatment, and obstetrical and neonatal intensive care programmes.

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 and functionally rich products installed at 3200 customer sites. Customers include 134.000 physicians who utilise practice management systems to improve patient care and other work flow processes. More information on IDX Systems is available in the VMW June 2002 article IDX to integrate wireless barcode medication charting into Carecast and LastWord.

Leslie Versweyveld

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