"We have parlayed our deep experience in clinical processes and in building the infrastructure required by wireless technology into a solution that is answering a vital need faced by hospitals today across the country", stated Vince Roach, Daou's CEO. Darren Crane, General Manager of Daou's Provider Services group, added: "Many facilities have some form of wireless technology in pockets within their organisations, such as in materials management or the emergency department, and they are seeking ways to solve other wireless needs in a way that integrates with those existing systems and sets a foundation for future growth. They need an enterprise-wide mobile health strategy, and that's precisely what our new practice will help them develop and put in place."
Vince Roach cited Gartner predictions that health care provider spending for wireless local area networks will grow from $47,8 million in 2002 to $75,8 million in 2007. "We know from our work with CIOs across the country that many facilities already have wireless technology in some limited use, but want to do more with it because of its proven ability to automate clinical processes and reduce medical error", Vince Roach stated. "Our solution offers a prime opportunity for providers to equip their clinicians with the technology they need to do their jobs and to ensure that the organisation is making the smartest, most efficient use of the technology."
Southern Regional's 406-bed hospital in Riverdale, Georgia, has an existing wireless system in use on certain floors for monitoring of patients. As the facility implements McKesson's Horizon Laboratory Information System (LIS), it wants to leverage wireless capabilities within that system to bring state-of-the-art innovations to its laboratory, such as enabling nurses to automatically confirm with the lab a patient's blood type before administering any blood products to the patient. At the same time, the facility wants to build a wireless infrastructure that will support patient monitoring, wireless voice communication and other mobile health processes across the organisation.
"With the LIS implementation and a seemingly never-ending list of potential uses for a wireless environment throughout the hospital, we were concerned we'd make an unwise choice if we just looked at short-term goals", stated Terry Wilk, Southern Regional's CIO. "We realized we needed a mobile health vision and a mobile health strategy, and Daou's offering is the right fit."
The contract with Daou includes a comprehensive needs assessment and development of vision and strategy that will serve as a roadmap for mobile health innovations at Southern Regional, and for ensuring that those innovations, like the LIS system that goes live in August 2005, have the proper infrastructure to support them.
Southern Regional Health System offers comprehensive health resources, including Southern Regional Medical Center, a 406-bed, full-service hospital in Riverdale, Georgia, featuring a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery centre; the Women's Life Center; a Diabetes Resource Center and one of the busiest emergency departments in the state. Southern Regional also provides mental health, home health care, substance abuse treatment and surgery efforts through RiverWoods, Southern Regional Psychiatric Center; Southern Regional Homecare; and the Surgery Center at Mount Zion, located in Morrow, Georgia.
Daou Systems Inc. provides expert consulting and management services to health care organisations in the design, deployment and support of IT infrastructure and application systems. Daou offers a range of comprehensive services, from mobile health and Web services strategies to application implementation and support to government and commercial integration services. Daou has provided services to more than 1600 health care organisations, including leading private and public hospitals, managed care organisations on both the payer and provider sides of the market, as well as integrated health care delivery networks and some of the nation's largest government health care entities. More company news is available in the VMW March 2004 article Daou launches R.A.P.I.D. initiative for new health care IT implementations.