ACL Laboratories activates Misys Commercial Laboratory to broaden acute care and outreach growth markets

Raleigh 11 May 2004ACL Laboratories is fully operational with Misys Commercial Laboratory, a highly scalable information system designed specifically for high-volume, independent reference laboratories. ACL Laboratories will use the Misys solution to broaden its clinical outreach and acute care business and to support its NIDA drug-testing laboratory at Advocate Health Care, Illinois' largest integrated delivery system, and Aurora Health Care, the largest integrated health care system in Wisconsin.

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"We're excited to begin actively using Misys Commercial Laboratory to capitalize on our future business growth. ACL Laboratories performs approximately 13 million laboratory tests annually, and we anticipate 18 percent growth with the potential to add six million tests in the next 18 to 24 months", stated Sandy Butschli, vice president of information services, ACL Laboratories. "As the performance leader in the independent laboratory market, Misys Commercial Laboratory is the complete business solution to support this target growth and provide a proven competitive edge."

Misys Commercial Laboratory will complement Misys Laboratory to provide a combined solution supporting two care settings: acute care and ambulatory/outreach. Misys Laboratory and Misys Clinical Financial applications have been in continuous use at ACL Laboratories for more than a decade.

"Pairing Misys Commercial Laboratory with Misys Laboratory provides an ideal business model that services the unique needs of both care environments", stated Sandy Butschli. "The combined solutions will help us achieve our goal of providing laboratory services to 97 percent of affiliated physicians by 2007."

Furthermore, Sandy Butschli noted Misys Commercial Laboratory's flexible and streamlined work flow and reporting design support both their lab business and operational requirements and client-specific needs. At the same time, the system provides fast turnaround time to process orders and transmit results for morning delivery to clinics, physicians and clients.

"The activation of Misys Commercial Laboratory at ACL Laboratories is a classic example of Misys Healthcare Systems' versatility in matching the right products to the client's laboratory needs, including compliance, as they expand their business goals and requirements", stated Barbara Whitter, product manager, Misys Commercial Laboratory, Misys Healthcare Systems. "We applaud ACL Laboratories' continued investment in our laboratory product suite to provide superior frontline support to their clients and to manage their high volume challenges."

Part of the Misys Optimum comprehensive family of world-class clinical systems, Misys Laboratory clinical application suite comprises Misys Laboratory, Misys Commercial Laboratory, Misys Clinical Financial and Misys Encompass. The lab solutions provide clinicians immediate access to laboratory and other critical patient specimen data in both acute care and outreach settings. The high-speed laboratory automation tools enable health care organisations to improve quality of patient care, reduce costs, enhance operational efficiencies, and modernize and expand information access to clinicians across the health enterprise. Misys Healthcare Systems supports approximately 1250 client laboratory facilities in North America and the United Kingdom.

ACL Laboratories provides laboratory medical services including clinical testing, anatomic pathology/cytopathology, drug screening, asbestos testing, breath alcohol testing, DOT drug testing, environmental testing and applicant testing services. ACL Laboratories is jointly owned and operated by two major health care networks: Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation and Aurora Health Care Inc.

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 Misys news is available in the VMW April 2004 article Two Irish health care clinics choose CoPathPlus from Misys to enhance pathology operations, cash flow and support.


Leslie Versweyveld

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