Barton HealthCare System selects Misys for RIS-PACS integrated work flow optimization solution

Tucson 03 December 2003Misys Healthcare Systems has signed an agreement with Barton HealthCare System in South Lake Tahoe, California. The agreement covers the acquisition, deployment and software maintenance of Misys Radiology information system (RIS), Misys PACS Integration Module (Misys PIM), and MRS Mammography Reporting System. The comprehensive solution is designed to optimize medical imaging work flow, diagnostic data performance and productivity for acute-care and outpatient radiology departments. Misys Radiology is recipient of the overall RIS Silver Award for the third consecutive year from KLAS Enterprises.


RIS and the picture archiving communication system (PACS) are traditionally two separate systems connected via a translation broker that allow radiologists, technologists, physicians and other clinicians to examine, store and distribute digitized medical images. Misys PIM serves as a translator between Misys Radiology to query the RIS database and provide information updates from the modalities and the PACS.

The cornerstone of the company's RIS-PACS integration strategy, Misys PIM provides Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) services that eliminate the need for a broker and support Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) standardization guidelines. Radiologists and radiologic technologists can use this solution to manage patient, order, result and image information to achieve significant productivity, patient care improvements and cost savings across the health enterprise.

"Misys is setting the industry standard in connecting imaging and radiology technologies to streamline or eliminate many administrative functions performed by technologists or system administrators such as time spent in image processing, retrieval of comparison studies and study validation", stated Tim Gilliam, director of medical imaging, Barton HealthCare System. "The work flow and communication among the RIS, the PACS and modalities is expected to improve technologists' productivity."

"Utilizing RIS intelligence with patient demographics, procedure history, related exam codes, resident work flow knowledge and DICOM services, Misys Healthcare Systems is the only health care IT company delivering this level of innovative work flow in the RIS-PACS community", stated Andrew Lawson, president of Misys Healthcare Systems, Hospital Systems business unit. "We commend Barton HealthCare System for its vision and investment in Misys' advanced radiology and imaging solutions to automate its radiology operations to a new level of operational efficiency."

Barton HealthCare System will use the combination of HIPAA-compliant Misys radiology and image solutions at its two facilities, Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe, California, and Carson Valley Medical Center in Gardnerville, Nevada, and affiliated physician offices to process nearly 60.000 radiology examinations annually.

Barton HealthCare System is comprised of two acute care facilities. Barton Memorial Hospital is a 75-bed facility located in South Lake Tahoe, California, a city of approximately 24.000 residents. It serves communities around the south shore of Lake Tahoe, and the east fork of Douglas County, Nevada. Carson Valley Medical Center, in Gardnerville, Nevada, is approximately 25 miles east of South Lake Tahoe. Barton HealthCare System's primary service area is populated by 65.000-70.000 year-around residents, of which 25 percent are visitors.

Misys Healthcare Systems, a division of Misys plc, designs, develops and supports a comprehensive suite of information products, and currently serves over 92.000 physicians, 1200 hospitals, 600 home care providers and hundreds of commercial laboratories, clinics, managed services and other related organisations. For more information, you can read the VMW December 2003 article Misys installs Laboratory/Pharmacy solutions at West Valley Hospital and PACS Integration Module at Sutter Health.

Leslie Versweyveld

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