VNA of Texas selects Misys Homecare to automate health care delivery to improve care and support workforce mobility

Raleigh 23 March 2005The Visiting Nurse Association of Texas (VNA) in Dallas North Texas' largest homecare agency and one of the nation's premiere non-profit home health care organisations has selected Misys Healthcare Systems, specialized in health care information technology, to deploy Misys Homecare. The software solution, part of the Misys Optimum family of products, will automate VNA of Texas' health care delivery processes by moving to a paperless operation, improving patient care and enhancing work flow efficiency. Misys Homecare will also help the organisation achieve its goals of increasing field workforce mobility and effectiveness and attaining a single enterprise database platform.


VNA of Texas' selection of Misys Homecare comes after a thorough search for an advanced homecare automation system that adapts easily across the organisation's multiple business lines: homecare, hospice, maternal and children's services, and long-term care, e.g. Meals on Wheels and other state Medicaid funded projects. Its Dallas headquarters and four branch locations in Ft. Worth, Denton, McKinney and Kaufman provide these services across a 21-county area in North Texas.

"Misys Homecare's rich depth of functionality will improve the quality and accuracy of clinical and billing information from the field to back-office administration and minimize errors", stated Robert Carpenter, chief executive officer, VNA of Texas. "The system will enable faster information capture and improved data access and analysis for our management, referring physicians and field practitioners including nurses, therapists, chaplains, social workers, volunteer co-ordinators, and home health aides. These 850 field employees depend on reliable and up-to-the minute information to perform their jobs remotely while providing services to patients in the home."

Misys Homecare offers a complete set of enhanced Web services for homecare agencies. VNA of Texas' field practitioners, many of whom work from home, plan to use the Misys Alert Manager, an e-mail notification engine, to better stay in touch. The organisation will also employ the Misys Homecare Portal Module to enable physicians to review and approve 485 documents - physician orders under Medicare - either at the hospital or at their office.

"For example, a practitioner can follow up on a physician's referral to visit a homebound patient and create and confirm the order, essentially a care treatment plan, with the doctor on-line", explained Robert Carpenter. "This Web-enabled physician's portal helps our caregivers stay in direct contact daily with doctors while administering and documenting care in the home."

The deployment of Misys Homecare is also part of a larger initiative to consolidate VNA of Texas' multiple applications onto a single enterprise database platform, the Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise Edition.

"Misys Homecare is right for our enterprise technical architecture strategy", stated Wyatt Davis, VNA of Texas' chief information officer. "Our clinicians find Misys Homecare's user interface easy to use, and the system is easy to integrate with third-party telephony providers and with our Great Plains Microsoft human resources, financial and payroll systems."

"We are excited to support VNA of Texas with Misys Homecare, the industry's award-winning homecare information solutions that is installed in more than 600 agencies", stated Betty Feth, president of Misys Healthcare Systems' Homecare Systems Business Unit. "More and more agencies are counting on Misys as their long-term clinical IT partner to meet their unique care and operational needs. Our legacy of health care technology expertise and track record of financial stability ensures every new partnership will be successful."

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 leading 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 New version of Misys Laboratory to enhance day-to-day work flow efficiencies and Misys Optimum RIS-PACS solution showcased at PACS 2005.

Leslie Versweyveld

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