Arnot Health selects Misys EMR solution as first Misys Optimum client to connect hospital and physician office

Raleigh 27 September 2004Arnot Health - Arnot Ogden Medical Center and Arnot Medical Services - in Elmira, New York, have signed an agreement to purchase the Misys EMR physician office ambulatory clinical solution for its affiliated physician group. The contract includes options to purchase Misys Image Management powered by eRad/ImageMedical developed technology, Misys Media Manager for the hospital, and Misys practice management solution paired with Misys EMR for community-based physician practices.

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The agreement is the first Misys Optimum sale to interconnect care settings with electronic health records (EHRs) to enable the sharing of critical clinical data. The end result is better medical decision-making, increased efficiencies and improved hospital-physician relations. A long-time user of Misys CPR "integrated by design" computer-based patient record solution, Arnot Ogden and AMS support the Misys Optimum strategy of connecting community-based physicians and other caregivers to the acute care enterprise.

"The IT investment demonstrates our strong commitment to establishing a community-shared EHR accessed by both our hospital-based and community-based doctors to assure continuity of care", stated Anthony Cooper, F.A.C.H.E., chief executive officer at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. "We're excited about Misys Optimum, which mirrors our own long-term approach to manage safer care and minimize medical errors. The efficient exchange of just-in-time data across all care delivery settings promises countless benefits to patients and caregivers alike."

Arnot Ogden Medical Center is an independent, not-for-profit tertiary medical facility with more than 300 physicians from over 50 specialities. The 233-bed non-profit community hospital is part of Arnot Health, a regional health care provider of diagnostic, ambulatory, secondary and tertiary acute care, as well as rehabilitative and wellness services to the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Pennsylvania.

Arnot Medical Services' multi-speciality group of 65 physicians and physician extenders - nurse practitioners and physician assistants - will use Misys EMR at its 10 locations. Misys EMR is a flexible, wireless point-of-care electronic medical records system that improves access to patient information and expedites record keeping processes. The first phase of system implementation is slated first quarter 2005.

"Misys EMR was recognized simply as the best solution on the market for large group practices", stated Robert Lambert, M.D., F.A.C.P., president of Arnot Medical Services. "We chose Misys EMR because our physicians preferred its rich functionality, scalability, fast point-and-click documentation tools with exceptionally built data templates, and user friendly design."

Arnot Ogden Medical Center is a four-year user of Misys CPR. The health care facility is activating the system's computerized physician order entry (CPOE) clinical decision support tools and expects implementing Misys EMR will enhance the value and acceleration of CPOE to its medical staff.

The acute care hospital historically has been the anchor of the health care industry. Increasingly, patient care is being delivered in ambulatory settings. According to the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Health care in America: Trends in Utilization" published January 2004, 79 percent of patient care is delivered in ambulatory settings outside the hospital environment.

"Regardless of the differences in size, budgets and technological infrastructure, both acute care enterprises and community-based physicians have the same objectives to provide safe and effective health care services to their patients", stated Tom Skelton, chief executive officer of Misys Healthcare Systems. "The management team at Arnot Health has recognized that Misys Optimum is the solution that will help them achieve their vision, namely to connect community physicians and caregivers to the acute care enterprise. Arnot Health is clearly in a leadership position relative to federal initiatives to accelerate the adoption of EHRs to share critical patient information among care settings, which is the core value of Misys Optimum."

As a regional health care provider, Arnot Health provides diagnostic, ambulatory, secondary and tertiary acute care, as well as rehabilitative and wellness services to the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Pennsylvania. Arnot Ogden Medical Center is an independent, not-for-profit, 256-bed tertiary medical facility with more than 300 physicians from over 50 specialities.

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 25 years of industry experience, 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.

Misys' family of clinical products and Web-based technologies - Misys Optimum solutions - are designed from the ground up to share patient data across all medical care settings. Misys Optimum connects community-based physicians and caregivers to the acute care enterprise, enabling increased efficiencies, better decision-making and improved hospital-physician relations. More news about Misys is available in the VMW September 2004 articles Lower Bucks Hospital deploys Misys RIS-PACS as an integrated work flow optimization solution and Physicians at University Health Network enter medication orders on-line to enhance patient safety and CPOE adoption.


Leslie Versweyveld

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