Western Maryland Health System selects Park City Solutions emPOWERnet as real-time enterprise (RTE) Web platform

Midway 13 January 2004Western Maryland Health System of Cumberland, Maryland, a Premier member hospital, has selected Park City Solutions' emPOWERnet:Provider as the real-time enterprise (RTE) portal solutions for 24/7 access to patient data and medical resources from any secured Internet connection.

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Western Maryland Health System, a health care organisation that utilizes the MEDITECH Healthcare Information Systems, chose Park City Solutions' emPOWERnet for its application framework for enterprise portals, its flexible architecture and ability to integrate data from disparate legacy systems.

To augment Western Maryland Health System clinicians' access to critical patient and demographic information and results reporting from the laboratory, radiology, and other transcribed reports, emPOWERnet will utilize Iatric Systems of Boxford, Massachusetts to supply the middleware necessary to provide bi-directional access to existing MEDITECH systems data. emPOWERnet:Provider will provide clinicians with secure, anytime access via and easy-to-use portal providing the right information to the right person at the right time.

"Given that our data is primarily housed in MEDITECH systems, we wanted customized applications to access that information but we also wanted an approach that did not require significant resources", stated Barry Ronan, President and CEO of Western Maryland Health System. "Park City Solutions' emPOWERnet technology offered us the best of both worlds: seamless access to our data coupled with a solution that was significantly less expensive than building a customized application from scratch."

The emPOWERnet:Mobile solution, powered by PatientKeeper of Boston, Massachusetts, will also enable physicians to easily access patient demographic and clinical result information, view patient lists, and perform pre-rounding all through one handheld Palm OS or Pocket PC wireless device(PDA). emPOWERnet:Mobile will empower physicians with "one-tap" access to key patient information, maximizing the efficiency of physician and nursing staff, increasing the time spent on delivering care, and enabling Western Maryland Health System to extend existing legacy information systems.

"Our multi-constituent portal solution is a great match for Western Maryland Health System's vision of providing a single portal solution that integrates with MEDITECH systems, reducing IT infrastructure costs and supporting interaction with employees", stated Terry Pitts, Chief Executive Officer, Park City Solutions. "Rapid deployment is also a key driver for Western Maryland Health System and emPOWERnet's application framework is designed with that goal in mind. We look forward to celebrating the launch of their emPOWERnet-powered portal and are proud to be associated with an organisation known for high quality."

Western Maryland Health System provides comprehensive health care services to residents in Allegany County, Maryland, as well as surrounding counties in Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The health system includes Memorial and Sacred Heart Hospitals, the St. Vincent de Paul Nursing Center, a medical adult day care facility, outpatient diagnostic centres, a wellness centre, and a network of urgent care clinics and physician practices. Western Maryland Health System is the designated Trauma Center for the region, has a regional cancer care programme, and provides extensive cardiology services, including open-heart surgery and interventional cardiology.

Park City Solutions, headquartered in Utah, with offices throughout the United States, is a technology and professional services firm that advances health care performance through its people, processes, and technology. Park City Solutions delivers superior value for health care organisations by providing a broad range of solutions that enhance patient care and streamline processes, including eHealth portal solutions, clinical, financial and technology consulting solutions, diagnostic management solutions, and government IT solutions.

Premier Inc. is a strategic alliance in U.S. health care, entirely owned by more than 200 of the nation's hospital and health care systems. These systems operate or are affiliated with more than 1500 hospital facilities and hundreds of other care sites. Premier provides an array of resources supporting health services delivery, including group purchasing for more than $14 billion annually in supplies and equipment. Other resources offered by Premier are insurance programmes and performance improvement services of many kinds. Premier is headquartered in San Diego, California, with other major facilities in Chicago, Illinois, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Advocacy and policy offices are located in Washington, D.C.

PatientKeeper Inc. provides health care professionals with mobile computing solutions that help improve patient care and curb rising costs. The PatientKeeper Platform easily integrates with existing systems and securely delivers patient information to clinicians' mobile devices. PatientKeeper and its partners have created a portfolio of mobile applications that support a wide spectrum of tasks, including rounding support, clinical results and charge capture. Many health care institutions and vendors have already standardized on the PatientKeeper Platform. More news about Park City Solutions and PatientKeeper can be found in the VMW October 2003 article Park City Solutions partners with PatientKeeper to deliver advanced mobile solutions to clients.


Leslie Versweyveld

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