Two Irish health care clinics choose CoPathPlus from Misys to enhance pathology operations, cash flow and support

Harrogate 22 March 2004Two private laboratories in Ireland have selected CoPathPlus from Misys Healthcare Systems, its anatomic pathology information system. Bon Secours Clinic in Cork, a member of a large international private network, and Blackrock Clinic in Dublin are replacing their pathology legacy systems with CoPathPlus, establishing Misys as one of the fastest-growing laboratory system suppliers in Ireland.


Designed to meet the unique work flow requirements of the anatomic pathology department, CoPathPlus provides comprehensive patient and specimen information viewable in a wide variety of formats. The system incorporates images and diagrams, and comprises an integrated report writer, a library of more than 200 report options such as cytology screening statistical requirements, and Quality Assurance and fast report turnaround functions.

Other features include histology protocols, automated billing and SNOMED coding. CoPathPlus is HL7 compliant and offers the scalability to integrate with Misys CPR as well as any other computer-based patient record system. The two Irish clinics conducted examinations of competitive pathology solutions before electing to invest in Misys Healthcare Systems. According to Seamus O'Brien, laboratory services manager and head of the procurement team at Bon Secours, "CoPathPlus offers value-added histology and cytology capabilities as well as a new graphical interface and custom work flow tools."

CoPathPlus' flexible integration technology, combined with Misys' knowledge of each clinic's pathology environment, means a faster and cost-efficient implementation. Initial studies of CoPathPlus usage at Blackrock estimate short-term cost savings potentially around $70.000, yielding a significant return on investment contribution.

John Gibbons, pathology manager at Blackrock Clinic, commented on CoPathPlus' flexible post-relational database and exceptional reporting capabilities. "Our pathologists and medical scientists found CoPathPlus to offer the pathology market's best leading-edge functionality", he stated. "Our management team particularly liked the solution's powerful efficiency tools for accounts payable work flow support. This feature is especially important in a private clinic to optimize reimbursement."

Both clinics agree that Misys Healthcare Systems' strong customer service and support track record ranked high in their respective purchasing decisions. "Misys offers 24/7 support worldwide and we've always found their response times to be outstanding", John Gibbons continued. "For example, once we called with an technical issue at 4 a.m. and the problem was resolved within minutes. Frankly, we've never had it so good. Misys' support technicians are competent and collaborative, and we trust them to deliver. Because Misys is committed to ongoing product development, we're confident of receiving the latest functionality upgrades."

Bon Secour's choice of CoPathPlus is also based on the system's ability to install with minimal disruption to department operations. Explained Seamus O'Brien: "Because the Misys implementation team is familiar with the Irish laboratory environment, migrating legacy pathology data to the new system promises to be a smoother process. The additional CoPathPlus production sites in Ireland provide the extra security and leverage of being part of an active user community."

Duane Lawrence, general manager of Misys Healthcare Systems International in Sussex, United Kingdom, stated: "More and more laboratory facilities in Ireland and the United Kingdom are upgrading to CoPathPlus from Misys, a pathology information solution that is fast becoming the industry standard internationally. We're excited to partner with Bon Secours and Blackrock Clinics whose powerful votes of confidence in our product and support services are testament to our strong client partnerships."

Established in 1915 as part of an international network of care facilities based in Paris, France, Bon Secours Hospital, Cork is a large independent Acute, General and Maternity hospital with 330 beds. It caters for 18.200 admissions and 29.000 outpatient attendances each year. There are 60 consultants, of whom 40 are full-time in the hospital, and over 650 staff with a GP Referral base of 400. The clinic's expert Medical, Nursing, Paramedical and Support Staff offer quality care in a friendly and comfortable environment. Patient Care also includes an extensive Pastoral Care service. Outside of the hospital, Bon Secours Sisters work with AIDS sufferers, victims of domestic violence, as Public Health nurses, Parish Sisters and in Pastoral Care.

Blackrock Clinic in Dublin, Ireland, which is part of the British United Provident Association (BUPA), commenced operation in 1984 with the opening of the outpatient complex. A total of 101 consultants covering a broad range of specialities practise from the 37 consulting suites which are housed in this facility. The hospital comprises 81 private rooms and a small number of semi-private rooms and has a coronary care unit, an intensive care unit, a day care facility and an oncology day ward. Blackrock Clinic holds the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) Accreditation standard, which further demonstrates the deep commitment to clinical excellence and quality in every facet of the health care service delivery.

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 information on the company is available in this VMW issue's articles:

Leslie Versweyveld

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