Cancer Treatment Centers of America deploys Misys Insight and Misys Radiology to maximize patient safety

Chicago 29 November 2004Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) sites in Zion, Illinois, and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, are deploying radiology results from Misys Radiology to Misys Insight. This final phase of a two-year system deployment is part of CTCA's strategy to send timely clinical notifications of abnormal results to physicians and caregivers to achieve higher quality care and patient safety.

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Part of the Misys Optimum product family, Misys Insight integrates data from most hospital and clinical information system. It then sends clinical notifications via Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), pager, cell phone, e-mail or fax to physicians and clinicians whenever and wherever they are to ensure prompt clinical interventions of adverse events.

The clinical software helps manage better care and reduce medication-related errors by continuously monitoring changes in the patient condition. Used concurrently with Misys Radiology information system, Misys Insight empowers physicians and other clinicians to optimize diagnostic imaging efforts in order to make clinical decisions affecting positive outcomes.

According to Mary Matzke, R.N., managing director of Information Technology, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, "Using the dual systems, our health care professionals delivering bedside care at the two facilities will have timely access to critical radiology reports. These results help the physician to determine whether the cancer is in remission or is advancing."

With the inclusion of radiology results, the full clinical alerting functionality of Misys Insight is now complete at CTCA's two facilities. Its electronic notifications of patients' Admissions Discharge Transmission (ADT) information, lab results, radiology orders and medication orders are sent to physicians, oncologists, nurses, diagnostic imaging personnel, clinical pharmacists, infection control practitioners, case managers and other clinicians throughout the CTCA network.

Mary Matzke noted that health care professionals using the Misys Insight Web application can monitor centralized interaction of patient ADT, lab, pharmacy and radiology data via the hospital's Intranet. "The interaction of this data is really amazing, and it's great to compare the drug and lab results to see if they are compatible or incompatible interactions affecting the patients", she stated. "When you are administering chemotherapy, physicians have peace of mind knowing an extra layer of electronic checking is helping catch adverse drug affects that could potentially harm the patient."

CTCA executives are also enthused with Misys Insight's low cost and high return on investment experienced as a pilot site user. "For the amount of patient safety you are guaranteeing, you can't beat the investment when considering the ease of installation", continued Mary Matzke. Kristen McRae, product manager for Misys Insight, Misys Healthcare Systems, agreed. "Misys Insight, when coupled with Misys Radiology, is a dynamic comprehensive surveillance and management system for health care organisations demanding technology that boosts productivity and job satisfaction of their diagnostic imaging personnel", she stated. "Misys is pleased to have a relationship with CTCA where focus on patient safety is the no. 1 priority."

Founded in 1988, Cancer Treatment Centers of America practises patient empowerment medicine through a network of cancer treatment hospitals and community oncology programmes in Illinois, Oklahoma and Washington. The facilities provide a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary path to cancer care by integrating cutting-edge medical treatments with time-honoured support therapies such as nutrition, naturopathy, psychological counseling and spiritual therapy.

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 relation. More company news is available in the VMW November 2004 article Misys Healthcare Systems extends Misys CPR to support behavioural health services at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.


Leslie Versweyveld

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