Massachusetts General Hospital selects Misys Pharmacy and Misys Insight to enhance patient safety

Raleigh 18 March 2004Misys Healthcare Systems has signed an agreement with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. The contract covers the acquisition, deployment and software maintenance of Misys Pharmacy and Misys Insight clinical information systems. Massachusetts General Hospital will use these solutions to enhance patient safety and reduce medication-related errors in pharmacy and other clinical departments.

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Misys Pharmacy and Misys Insight are part of the Misys Optimum comprehensive clinical information systems portfolio. Misys Pharmacy is an integrated, patient-focused application that reports and documents medication use throughout the medication management process across the care continuum. Misys Pharmacy will integrate with MGH's ancillary systems including manufacturing, patient order entry, patient billing, automated dispensing and finance, as well as perform medication inventory tracking.

Misys Insight is a Web-enabled clinical decision support system that delivers clinical data notifications to physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other clinicians in order to help detect significant clinical events. The combined Misys solution automatically identifies duplicate medication orders, therapeutic conflicts, potential or actual adverse drug events, and critical or abnormal laboratory results to help streamline drug therapy throughout the entire medication administration process.

"MGH is building an advanced information technology infrastructure that promotes greater safety, quality and efficiency for our patients. In support of this, MGH required a clinical information system that could provide our clinicians with continuous medication surveillance, documentation and control", stated Stephanie Girellini, project manager for Massachusetts General Hospital. "After an extensive review of options, we determined that Misys Pharmacy and Misys Insight best met our needs. We are pleased to be working with Misys Healthcare Systems on this important initiative, which is focused on enhancing care for our patients."

"We are honored to partner with Massachusetts General Hospital, one of America's founding hospitals and most respected and world-renowned medical institutions who exemplify our mission to achieve a new standard of care and higher level of patient safety with advanced clinical information technology", stated Andrew Lawson, president of Misys Healthcare Systems, Hospital Systems business unit. "As health care providers respond to patient and institutional demands for safer and better health care, Misys Healthcare Systems stands ready to provide market leading, patient-centred clinical solutions that deliver proven improvements in documentation, clinical decision support and medication management processes to enhance patient safety."

Founded in 1811, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is the third oldest general hospital in the United States and the oldest and largest in New England. The world-renowned 890-bed medical centre offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every speciality and subspeciality of medicine and surgery. The MGH admits approximately 43.000 inpatients and handles more than 1,4 million visits annually in its extensive outpatient programmes at the main campus and at its five health centres. Its emergency services handle nearly 75.000 visits annually. MGH is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, and nearly all of the hospital's active staff physicians are on the Harvard Medical School faculty. The MGH is the largest non-government employer in the city of Boston, with more than 16.000 employees.

Misys Healthcare Systems develops and supports reliable, easy-to-use software and services of exceptional quality that enable physicians and caregivers to more easily manage the complexities of health care. With more than 20 years experience in the industry, Misys Healthcare Systems, a division of Misys plc, currently serves more than 92.000 physicians, 1200 hospitals, 600 home care providers and hundreds of commercial laboratories, clinics, managed services and other related organisations. More news on Misys is available in this VMW issue's article Misys joins American Academy of Family Physicians Partners for Patients Initiative.


Leslie Versweyveld

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