HCA Midwest awards cardiovascular image and information management contract to Camtronics

Hartland 21 July 2004HCA Midwest, Kansas City, Missouri, has selected Vericis for cardiovascular image and information management. The system is developed by Camtronics Medical Systems Ltd., a subsidiary of Analogic Corporation. A division of HCA, one of the United States' largest providers of health care services, HCA Midwest is an integrated delivery network that includes 12 hospitals and related health care entities serving Kansas City and surrounding areas.

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"We concluded that Camtronics offered the best solution for our complex and growing cardiology information environment", stated Shahzad Fakhar, CIO at HCA Midwest. "Our decision-making process included a number of individuals representing a broad range of interests across the cardiovascular service line, including physicians, clinical directors, managers, information systems, and biomedical engineering, as well as representatives from the HCA Clinical Cardiovascular Management Network, a multi-disciplinary team that provides guidance and oversight of cardiovascular care for all HCA facilities."

Shahzad Fakhar noted that the selection of Camtronics followed a rigorous evaluation of the three cardiovascular PACS vendors preferred by HealthTrust Purchasing Group (HPG), the exclusive group-purchasing organisation of HCA.

Shahzad Fakhar stated that the Vericis system supports HCA Midwest's strategic direction. "Since becoming a part of HCA, we've focused on developing service line strategies that integrate and optimize care across all our facilities. This process involves the selection of best-of-breed systems that meet the unique requirements of the various clinical disciplines, while supplementing our enterprise objective of a longitudinal electronic record for every patient. Camtronics' Vericis system fills this niche perfectly for the cardiovascular service line at HCA Midwest."

Phyllis Vos, director of cardiovascular services at Research Medical Center, concurred with Mr. Fakhar's view. "From the clinical perspective, Vericis provides the features and functionality required for cardiovascular care. It integrates all the images and information necessary for clinical decision-making into a single system so that cardiologists and surgeons can view this data from anywhere. The depth of the clinical reporting tools also impressed our physicians", stated Phyllis Vos. "We are looking forward to streamlining our results reporting and communication with Vericis."

The Vericis Cardiovascular Information System at HCA Midwest will initially span four hospitals, including Research Medical Center, Medical Center of Independence, Independence Regional Health Center, and Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Additional sites offering cardiology services, including Menorah Medical Center and Lee's Summit Hospital, are scheduled to be linked into the system in the second phase of deployment.

Cardiovascular imaging studies generated in HCA Midwest facilities will be acquired and distributed by the Vericis system, including cardiac cath, echocardiography, intravascular ultrasound, vascular ultrasound, and nuclear cardiology studies. Camtronics will also migrate nearly five years of angiographic data to the Vericis platform from a legacy Archium system, Camtronics' first-generation digital archiving network.

When fully implemented, VERICIS will leverage HCA Midwest's EMC enterprise data repository for study archiving, giving clinicians immediate, centralized access to diagnostic-quality images from any location within the health system. Physicians will review studies and generate concise, structured clinical reports from Vericis Cardiac Workstations, improving the timeliness of final results and effectively eliminating the costs and delays associated with transcription. Studies and results will also be accessible via the Web from standard PCs to authorized physicians inside the hospital and from their homes and offices.

HCA Midwest Division operates 12 hospitals in the Kansas City metropolitan area including Allen County Hospital, Menorah Medical Center, and Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Kansas; and Baptist-Lutheran Medical Center, Cass Medical Center, Independence Regional Health Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, Lee's Summit Hospital, Medical Center of Independence, Research Belton Hospital, Research Medical Center, and Research Psychiatric Center in Missouri. Nashville-based HCA formalized its $1,13 billion acquisition of Kansas City's Health Midwest network of hospitals in April 2003.

Vericis is the first information management system that captures patient data across the continuum of cardiovascular care. Built on a single information technology platform, Vericis integrates data from different sites such as office, clinic, and hospital, and different sources including interventional and diagnostic x-ray angiography, echo, nuclear, MR, haemodynamics, reports, and HIS, to create a comprehensive digital record on each cardiac patient.

Camtronics Medical Systems Ltd. was founded in 1986 and is an expert in cardiovascular information management and haemodynamic monitoring technology. Its industry-leading Vericis Cardiovascular Information System provides single-point access to complete cardiovascular patient data, including cardiology office practice records. Camtronics operates engineering, manufacturing, sales and marketing, and customer support activities from its headquarters near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as technology development centres in Winter Park, Florida, and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. More company news is available in the VMW July 2004 article Integris Heart Hospital and Halifax Medical Center select Vericis from Camtronics for cardiovascular image and information management


Leslie Versweyveld

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