Hospital Development of West Phoenix chooses Misys Healthcare Systems to streamline laboratory and pharmacy departments

Tucson 04 April 2003Misys Healthcare Systems has signed an agreement with a subsidiary of Vanguard Health Systems, Hospital Development of West Phoenix Inc. located in Goodyear, Arizona. The new contract covers the acquisition, deployment and software maintenance of Misys Laboratory and Misys Pharmacy in a new facility, West Valley Hospital, which is to open in mid-2003. The clinical suite of Misys lab products will streamline the new site's laboratory work flow, while the pharmacy system will provide it with reporting of medication use across the entire continuum of care.


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.

Misys Pharmacy information system enables hospital pharmacies to cost-effectively facilitate safe medication usage by minimising side effects and toxicity risks and promotes patient safety. A Dose Range Checking (DRC) feature uses advanced technologies to monitor dose appropriateness while considering patient demographic information including height, weight, age, and the medical indication for each medication during order entry.

DRC compares the dose, frequency, and duration of a medication order against an established dose range in conjunction with the patient-specific information. If the dose is out of range, the clinician is notified to take appropriate clinical action. Clinicians have the option to turn "off" or "on" alerts globally for all drugs or specific drugs. DRC includes a dose range record that establishes reference values and a dose range analysis window that displays out of range values with prescribed and reference values. Misys Pharmacy users can also create customised dose range records with DRC.

Vanguard Health Systems owns and operates 15 high-quality acute care hospitals, two ambulatory centres, five diagnostic imaging centres and many other related health care services in four primary markets: Phoenix, Arizona; Orange County, California; Chicago, Illinois and San Antonio, Texas. The company's strategy is to develop locally branded comprehensive health care delivery networks that enhance the treatment and care of the patients and communities it serves.

Misys Healthcare Systems, a division of Misys plc, designs, develops, and supports a comprehensive suite of information products and currently serves over 85.000 physicians, 1200 hospitals, 600 home care providers and hundreds of commercial laboratories, clinics, managed services and other related organisations. More news on Misys Healthcare Systems is available in the VMW April 2003 article St. Vincent Hospital deploys Misys Laboratory Multi-Facility software.

Leslie Versweyveld

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