OSF Healthcare System continues successful roll-out of IDX Carecast

Peoria 23 June 2004With a successful technology activation at the 254-bed OSF Saint Anthony's Medical Center in Rockford, Illinois, earlier this month, OSF Healthcare System is now live on IDX Carecast at five of its six hospitals located in Illinois and Michigan. The large health care organisation, which employs over 10.000 people and serves a population of 1,5 million in its six service areas, is approaching a paperless environment through the use of Carecast, the enterprise clinical system provided by IDX Systems Corporation. OSF is deploying Carecast to support organisation-wide electronic medical records and on-line charting by clinicians. In addition, the organisation is deploying Carecast's integrated patient accounting capabilities to support a clinically-automated revenue cycle by automatically creating billing information from clinical events.

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"We've been especially pleased with the performance and benefits of our IDX technology. First, Carecast has consistently delivered subsecond response time while supporting thousands of simultaneous transactions. We average between 522.146 and 1.016.076 transactions a day and we measure Carecast average response times between .33 and .46 seconds", stated Michael Nauman, Chief Information Officer at OSF. "Second, our clinicians value the immediate, secure access to comprehensive patient information across our enterprise. Finally, Carecast's integration of clinical, financial and administrative information is helping OSF to focus on reducing billing error rates."

"I believe this system will help OSF improve patient safety and the quality of care", commented Dr. John Whittington, OSF Director of Medical Informatics, in response to questions about the system's impact on patient care. "For example, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, we are saving time and improving accuracy during medication administration by using Carecast's autocharting features in combination with Pyxis medication dispensing technology from Cardinal Health. In our Pharmacy areas across our multiple facilities, Carecast's rules and alerts features have been very beneficial and a contributing factor in increasing patient safety. We are now building the foundation to continue to make health care better and safer for all our patients."

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, Illinois; OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac, Illinois; OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg, Illinois; OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Illinois; and OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba, Michigan, are currently live on Carecast.

OSF plans to activate its remaining facility, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois, in the fall of 2004. "The dedication of our MIS and facility staff, the collaboration of our clinical team, and our partnership with IDX have been essential to our success thus far and to our ongoing use of technology to improve the already high levels of patient care at OSF. This technology helps our community of caregivers provide the best quality and safety in patient care, supporting our mission of serving persons with the greatest care and love in a community celebrating the gift of life", Michael Nauman stated.

OSF Healthcare System, an Illinois, not-for-profit corporation owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Peoria, Illinois, includes six facilities and two colleges of nursing in Illinois and one hospital in Michigan. The System employs about 10.000 people, including nearly 200 physicians. Also integral to the System are OSF Home Care, OSF Saint Francis Inc., OSF HealthCare Foundation, and OSF HealthPlans Inc., a subsidiary of OSF Saint Francis Inc., which is a licensed insurance company in the State of Illinois with more than 106.000 covered lives.

Founded in 1969, IDX Systems Corporation provides information technology solutions to maximize value in the delivery of health care, improve the quality of patient service, enhance medical outcomes, and reduce the costs of care. IDX supports these objectives with a broad range of complementary and functionally rich products installed at 3300 customer sites. Customers include 138.000 physicians who utilize practice management systems to improve patient care and other work flow processes.

IDX solutions are installed at 380 integrated delivery networks (IDNs) representing more than 500 hospitals; 175 large group practices with more than 200 physicians; and 665 mid-size group practices with less than 200 physicians. The IDX web strategy includes browser technology, e-commerce and Web-based tools, built using Internet architecture, that facilitate access for patients, physicians and care providers to vital health information and data managed by the IDX clinical, administrative, financial, and managed care products. IDX has approximately 2100 full-time employees worldwide.

Carecast is a fully integrated clinical, financial and administrative system, combining core clinical processes for orders, results, pharmacy and clinical documentation with administrative and financial processes for scheduling, registration, admitting, charging and billing. Representing the next generation of electronic clinical information solutions, Carecast delivers unsurpassed response time and reliability to support fast-paced clinical environments. The system automates work flow throughout the health care enterprise and enables rapid access to patient records across the care continuum, from admission to discharge, including inpatient and ambulatory care. The result is a comprehensive lifetime patient record that enhances the quality of care and promotes operational efficiencies.

Developed by and for providers, in collaboration with hospitals, clinicians and health care executives, Carecast builds on 25 years of innovation with the IDX LastWord enterprise system. Customers include health care organisations in the United States, Canada and Europe. IDX also provides its enterprise clinical software as a subcontractor to BT and Fujitsu Services, Local Service Providers for the United Kingdom National Health Service's National Programme for Information Technology, an initiative to establish electronic patient records for 50 million patients.

More news on IDX Carecast and OSF Healthcare System is available in the VMW February 2004 article OSF Healthcare System embraces IDX Carecast enterprise clinical system to enhance patient safety


Leslie Versweyveld

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