Casa Grande Regional Medical Center installs Misys RIS-PACS integrated work flow optimization solution

Chicago 29 November 2004Casa Grande Regional Medical Center (CGRMC) in Casa Grande, Arizona, is implementing the Misys PACS Integration Module and Misys Image Management solutions to improve radiologists' work flow and turnaround time and to enhance the care quality of its growing patient population. Misys Healthcare Systems' RIS-PACS solution, deployed through a strategic alliance with eRad/Image Medical, will send images to physicians in both inpatient and outpatient settings using the Misys PACS Integration Module.

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The two solutions will interface with the Misys Radiology information system installed two years ago to process more than 70.000 diagnostic imaging examinations annually at CGRMC, a Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) accredited organisation. The 201-bed non-profit acute care facility joins a growing number of Misys customers deploying all three Misys Optimum clinical applications serving a Radiology/PACS function to realize full integration between RIS and PACS technologies. Misys Image Management is a Web-based picture archiving communication system (PACS) powered by eRad/Image Medical developed technology.

"Misys Image Management's interpretation of imaging studies, which replaces film-based operations, enables our radiologists to turnaround images and reports instantaneously to physicians working in either the hospital or an outpatient office for faster diagnosis and treatment", stated J. Marty Dernier, president and chief executive officer at Casa Grande Regional Medical Center. "From a cost perspective, this is a great advantage that supports our amplified care needs in line with Casa Grande's rapid growth. The PACS addresses today's health care labour shortage by improving work flow, increasing productivity and scaling with rising patient volume without adding staff for the short term."

Misys Radiology and Misys Image Management 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. The Misys PACS Integration Module is the company's innovative technology that unifies a health care organisation's radiology information system, the various modalities and PACS to essentially communicate in the same language without a broker and improve interoperability.

J. Marty Dernier noted the Misys RIS-PACS solution gives CGRMC a competitive edge in attracting referring physicians interested in enhancing the efficiency of their physician practice. "We have an established base of physicians associated with our operations", he stated. "We believe the imaging technology's capability of providing instant Internet download access to images and results at outpatient offices will convince doctors to choose our care services."

"The entire staff at CGRMC is fired up about the PACS system. They're all active in training sessions, asking questions afterwards, and clearly committed to learning the system and improving their work flow, productivity and image management", stated Bobby Roe, applications specialist at eRad/Image Medical, during the installation and user training. "Misys has done a great job of ensuring total customer buy-in, and it shows in every area."

"Integrating Misys Radiology with PACS means faster diagnosis and treatment as well as lower costs of operations", stated Dave Jones, B.S., R.T. (R), senior product manager at Misys Healthcare Systems. "The intuitive and user-friendly Misys RIS-PACS solution turns any personal computer into a review station available to share images and information to positively influence outcomes."

Located in Casa Grande, Arizona, Casa Grande Regional Medical Center (CGRMC) is an acute care 201-bed hospital, offering complete 24-hour emergency facilities. Nursing units include observation, intensive care, surgical, telemetry, medical, paediatrics, and obstetrics. Outpatient services and procedures are also available, including a new cardiac catheterization lab and GI Lab. CGRMC is JCAHO accredited / Medicare certified.

eRAD Inc. was founded in 1999 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and later merged with Image Medical Corporation whose roots are in the Silicon Valley. Currently, there are over 75 installed sites across the United States using eRAD/Image Medical's Web-enabled PACS and Image Management products. EIM is a standards based company, using open systems architecture and high quality off the shelf hardware whenever possible. eRAD/Image Medical has built an extraordinary level of functionality, security, fault tolerance, and resiliency into its system.

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 company news is available in this VMW issue's article Cancer Treatment Centers of America deploys Misys Insight and Misys Radiology to maximize patient safety.


Leslie Versweyveld

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