Lower Bucks Hospital deploys Misys RIS-PACS as an integrated work flow optimization solution

Boston 02 August 2004Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, Pennsylvania, has signed an agreement to purchase Misys PACS Integration Module and Misys Image Management solution. The two solutions will interface with the already installed Misys Radiology, a radiology information system (RIS). The 233-bed non-profit community hospital is among the first Misys provider lclients to deploy all three Misys Optimum applications to realize full integration between RIS and PACS technologies.

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"Our no. 1 goal is to provide exceptional patient care in the most efficient and timely manner to the Southeast Pennsylvania community", stated John J. McHale, vice president of Information Services and chief information officer, Lower Bucks Hospital. "To achieve this, we're extending our partnership with Misys to equip our health care professionals with the best IT solutions on the market. Misys' RIS-PACS fully integrated work flow optimization solution will help us achieve the full potential of the RIS and PACS investments by resolving work flow issues within the radiology department, increasing departmental efficiency and improving the physician-patient relationship."

Misys Radiology and Misys Image Management, a Web-based picture archiving communication system (PACS) powered by eRad/ImageMedical developed technology, are traditionally two separate systems connected via a translation broker. The two solutions work in concert to enable radiologists, technologists, physicians and other clinicians to examine, store and distribute digital medical images. Misys PACS Integration Module is the company's innovative technology that unifies seamlessly a health care organisation's RIS, the various modalities and PACS to essentially communicate in the same language without a broker and improve interoperability.

Misys' RIS-PACS solution optimizes daily operations and standardizes medical imaging and diagnostic data access for radiologists and physicians to deliver significant productivity, work flow and efficiency gains. "We look forward to realizing significant ROI because our radiologists will no longer have to sort and process film and wait long periods for film to be developed", continued Mr. McHale. "Our radiologists are excited about using the solution to improve their work practices and having instantaneous access to images in order to render diagnosis more quickly."

Other expected benefits include increased physician and patient satisfaction. Along with the faster processing of approximately 81.000 diagnostic imaging examinations, patients, too, will be diagnosed and treated faster, improving outcomes and reducing wait times. The hospital's radiology department plans to deploy the technology to share images and information to inpatient and outpatient units so that physicians, particularly Emergency Room, orthopaedic and general surgeons, can benefit from the point-of-care accessibility.

"For example, our Remote Outpatient Diagnostic Center currently transports images manually twice a day to the hospital for diagnosis", explained Mr. McHale. "With Misys RIS-PACS solution, images can be transmitted between the two facilities through the hospital's Extranet. Physicians and radiologists working at the hospital can render clinical decisions immediately. This is a huge time-savings benefit."

"The benefits of integrating RIS and PACS systems are tremendous", stated Marie Biskup, senior vice president of clinical strategies, Misys Healthcare Systems. "Increasing focus on funding, data portability and patient satisfaction are paving the way for the hospital radiology market to invest in RIS and PACS systems that go beyond the scope of traditional usage to deliver high impact operations and care quality improvements."

Misys' RIS-PACS work flow optimization solution is part of Misys Optimum, a family of best-in-class solutions and Web technologies designed specifically to connect community-based caregivers to acute-care organisations and achieve meaningful electronic data sharing.

Lower Bucks Hospital is a Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)-certified facility. The non-profit community hospital is licensed for 233 beds and serves more than 28.000 Emergency Room, 90.000 outpatient and 8500 inpatient visits annually.

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. Its Misys Optimum solutions, a family of best-in-class products and Web-based technologies, enable patient information sharing across all medical care settings, thus connecting community-based physicians to the acute care enterprise and enabling increased efficiencies, better decision making and improved hospital-physician relations.

With 25 years of experience in the industry, Misys currently serves more than 92.000 physicians in 18.000 practice locations, 1250 hospitals, 600 home care providers and hundreds of commercial laboratories, clinics, managed services and other related organisations. More news on the company is available in the VMW July 2004 article Misys Laboratory-Collection Manager uses handheld technolgoy to augment care delivery and enhance patient safety


Leslie Versweyveld

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