Montefiore Medical Center to upgrade to the IDX Carecast enterprise clinical system

Burlington 14 April 2003Montefiore Medical Center, a long-time IDX LastWord user, has signed an agreement to upgrade to the Carecast enterprise clinical system at the close of the fourth quarter 2002. In an ongoing commitment to utilising IDX technology to promote patient safety, Montefiore will provide enhanced documentation capabilities for nurses and physicians, bar code medication administration, advanced ambulatory capabilities and a host of other features across its integrated delivery system, using Carecast.


"Our decision to upgrade to Carecast was the next logical step in our pursuit of the highest quality patient care", stated Dorrie Napoleone, director of clinical information systems at Montefiore. "We originally selected LastWord because its architecture was designed to adapt to changing technology, allowing us to stay at the cutting edge. Carecast, the successor to LastWord, adds even greater functionality while maintaining the flexibility that will enable us to develop new initiatives well into the future."

The advanced functionality within Carecast will assist Montefiore in continuing a tradition of significant improvements in the quality of care the institution provides. Computerised physician order entry (CPOE) usage, now at 100 percent throughout the organisation's facilities, has resulted in a more than 70 percent reduction in the number of potential prescribing errors, and a 60 percent reduction in the time elapsed from writing a prescription to a patient receiving the medication.

Carecast will further streamline the daily work flows of Montefiore clinicians and staff members through more flexible care documentation processes and views as well as automation of ambulatory capabilities. Bar code medication administration will assist pharmacists and nurses by increasing the efficiency and accuracy in selection, verification and documentation of medications.

"As a premier site, Montefiore has been a valuable partner in planning the development of Carecast and the refinement of features and functions that are most important to actual users of the system", stated Larry Krassner, president of the IDX Carecast Division. "We look forward to continuing that partnership as Carecast continues to evolve."

Carecast, built on the 25-year heritage of LastWord, is the next-generation enterprise clinical software solution, which is Advancing Fail-Safe Care in health care institutions. Carecast delivers subsecond access to information across the enterprise, unsurpassed 99,9 percent reliability and the ability to integrate core clinical processes with financial and administrative information to support patient care. Its Web-based architecture presents a more user-friendly interface, helping to facilitate acceptance of electronic order entry and clinical documentation.

Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is an internationally recognised expert in patient care, education, research and community services. Montefiore provides treatment programmes for patients with all major illnesses and has distinguished centres of excellence in heart care, cancer care, children's health, women's health and surgery.

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 3600 customer sites. Customers include 138.000 physicians who utilise practice management systems to improve patient care and other work flow processes.

IDX Systems are installed at 380 Integrated delivery networks (IDNs) representing more than 700 hospitals; 175 large group practices with more than 200 physicians; and 665 mid-size group practices with less than 200 physicians. The IDX web strategy includes browser technology, e-commerce and Web-based tools built using Internet architecture, that facilitate access for patients, physicians and care providers to vital health information and data managed by the IDX clinical, administrative, financial, and managed care products. EDiX Corporation, an IDX subsidiary, offers medical transcription and clinical documentation services to physicians groups and hospital customers. IDX has approximately 5000 full-time employees.

Carecast is IDX's next generation of electronic clinical information solutions, delivering unsurpassed response time and reliability to support fast-paced clinical environments. The system automates work flow throughout the health care enterprise and enables rapid access to patient records across the care continuum, from admission to discharge, including pharmacy and ambulatory care. Carecast is a fully integrated clinical, financial and administrative system, combining core clinical processes for orders, results, pharmacy and clinical documentation with administrative and financial processes for scheduling, registration, admitting, charging and billing.

The result is a comprehensive lifetime patient record that enhances the quality of care and promotes operational efficiencies. Developed by and for providers, in collaboration with hospitals, clinicians and health care executives, Carecast builds on 25 years of innovation with the IDX LastWord enterprise clinical system. More news on IDX's Carecast is available in the VMW March 2003 article Vancouver Coastal Health Authority selects Carecast to support CPOE and clinical documentation initiatives.

Leslie Versweyveld

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