Drake Center selects Misys Healthcare Systems to deploy suite of clinical information systems products

Tucson 18 June 2003Misys Healthcare Systems has signed a substantial agreement with Drake Center, the rehabilitation specialists, located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The new contract covers the acquisition, deployment, and software maintenance of Misys Laboratory, Misys Pharmacy, and Misys Insight. The comprehensive suite of Misys laboratory products includes an automation module to increase efficiency and patient safety, while the pharmacy system will provide medication use reporting across the entire continuum of care.


Drake Center offers a comprehensive continuum of care for individuals with a wide range of conditions, from those with complex illnesses and injuries to individuals requiring minimal outpatient therapy. Drake Center transitions patients from one level of care to the next with one vital and ultimate goal: to return them to the highest level of functioning and independence possible.

It is committed to providing both inpatients and outpatients with the individualised, state-of-the-art care they need for recovery. To accomplish this goal, Drake Center uses a team approach. The team includes many or all of the following professionals: attending physician, physician assistant or resident, nursing staff, case manager, therapy professionals, psychologist, nutrition professional, alternative wellness professionals, chaplain, and others as needed.

"Drake Center is rapidly moving to an integrated, paperless clinical information system with CPOE, robotics in pharmacy, bedside medication administration, and a comprehensive patient clinical record", stated Chris Wernke, Pharmacy Director and acting CIO. "To achieve this, we needed a robust, scalable laboratory and inpatient pharmacy information system, and a decision support system to complement our CPOE system by monitoring clinical data after orders are entered. After an extensive review of options, we determined that the Misys solution best met our needs and will be backed by Misys and their reputation for excellent support and service."

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. 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. If the dose is out of range, the clinician is automatically notified to take appropriate clinical action.

Misys Insight is a clinical decision support system that integrates data from nearly any HIS and clinical information system, then instantly sends critical signals via PDA, pager, cell phone, e-mail or fax to caregivers wherever they are. It complements CPOE by closely monitoring results and other clinical activities throughout the enterprise after order entry.

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 Misys news can be found in this VMW issue's article Misys introduces enhanced versions of Encompass and Clinical Financial v6.0 as well as Insight v2.2.

Leslie Versweyveld

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