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

Chicago 06 March 2005Confronting ever-present challenges managing the medical laboratory technologist shortage, hospitals are increasingly turning to technology to automate their lab operations. The latest version of Misys Laboratory from Misys Healthcare Systems, being demonstrated at the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) Conference in Chicago, introduces new enhancements to blood bank and microbiology modules that improve work flow and productivity and eliminate time-consuming manual steps during lab testing.

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Generally available to Misys Laboratory clients this spring, new graphical user interface (GUI) based features in this release include Blood Bank Quality Assurance (QA) checks that generate password overrides; electronic crossmatch and instrument interfacing to automate manual testing; customized specimen inventories per lab facility with security levels for viewing and accessing blood products enterprise-wide; streamlined microbiology work flow that includes results viewing from one screen; and enhanced General Laboratory rule-based logic and calculations via new tools for editing and testing.

"Misys Laboratory's enhanced blood bank electronic crossmatch - the computing of specimen compatibility - eliminates manual testing and frees up a technologist's time to focus on more complex tests. This enhancement is a great patient safety benefit", stated Patrick O'Sullivan, assistant administrative director of laboratory at Florida Hospitals of Orlando. The Misys Laboratory information system is installed in all seven Florida Hospital facilities in the Orlando area.

Patrick O'Sullivan also found significant improvements using the new release's instrument interface feature. "With the advent of blood bank testing devices, Misys' electronic instrument interface automatically transfers patient test data to the laboratory system, thereby eliminating the task of manual data entry."

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, 29.000 - a 19,3 percent increase - medical and clinical laboratory technologist positions will be created over a 10-year period from 2002 to 2012. Due to this growth, the number of job openings is expected to continue to exceed the number of job seekers.

"We enhanced our blood bank and microbiology modules to concentrate on three primary areas that impact clinical laboratory technologists and outcomes: patient safety, extended multi-facilities usage and automation", stated Debbie Tillman, senior product manager of Misys Laboratory for Misys Healthcare Systems. "This new release is proof of Misys' R&D efforts to continually develop new system functions that help hospital laboratories overcome the escalating shortfall in qualified staff and tighter budgets."

Part of the Misys Optimum product family, Misys Laboratory earned a Best In KLAS Award in the laboratory applications category of the "Top 20 Year-End Best in KLAS Awards" Report released December 15, 2004. KLAS also noted that Misys' anatomic pathology system, CoPathPlus from Misys, showed the most improvement of any vendor at 23 percent.

On the heels of the HIMSS rally cry for interoperability standards to build a national health information network by Health Information Technology Co-ordinator David Brailer, M.D., Ph.D., Misys Healthcare Systems is revealing its integrated Misys Optimum RIS-PACS solution at the PACS 2005 5th Annual Conference. The product demonstration will show how radiology and picture archiving communication system (PACS) solutions can work in tandem with electronic health records (EHRs) across the care continuum.

"Technology is available today for hospitals and physicians to accomplish the goal of a complete EHR providing ubiquitous sharing of patient-specific clinical information through standard protocols supporting interoperability", stated Dave Jones, B.S., R.T. (R), senior product manager of radiology applications at Misys Healthcare Systems. "At PACS 2005, we intend to show how the Misys Radiology product line achieves the goal of interoperable systems through Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standardization that closely aligns with the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) guidelines."

According to Dave Jones, the benefit of a PACS unified with any enterprise solution goes beyond radiology imaging. "The ability to transmit images of any type and scan digital documents to electronically share or post to a patient's electronic record enterprise-wide are invaluable to overall care treatment", he stated.

Tom Stevenson, D.O., director of medical informatics at Misys Healthcare Systems, agrees. A member of the EHR Vendors Association and Physician EHR Coalition responsible for assessing standards to enable connectivity of health information software, he explained: "Certainly, PACS access through the EHR is the direction the health care industry is heading, and physicians are first to voice their need to integrate PACS with their EHR. Doctors want every image and result data available to aid their clinical decision making."

At the PACS 2005 Conference, Misys will showcase:

  • Misys PACS Integration Module: 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.
  • Misys Radiology: a RIS information system that integrates information, images and voice into one easy-to-use, easy-to-access information source to deliver operational efficiencies. Misys Radiology version 4.3 is generally available.
  • Misys Image Management: a PACS solution powered by eRad/ImageMedical developed technology that delivers, manages and stores medical images, reports and associated data throughout the health care enterprise. Working over any TCP/IP network using high-speed LANs, WANs or low-bandwidth modems, over the Internet or a VPN, the PACS' hierarchical architecture provides centralized and distributed data management across multiple servers. New solution enhancements include Integrated dictation and transcription, advanced 3D and volume rendering, orthopaedic templating, and enhanced consulting and work flow functionality.

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 the VMW March 2005 article Misys Healthcare Systems to launch Misys Connect and to demonstrate Misys Web CPR at HIMSS.


Leslie Versweyveld

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