University of South Alabama Health System purchases $1,2 million Misys Laboratory Suite

Raleigh 28 April 2005The University of South Alabama (USA) Health System in Mobile, Alabama, has signed a $1,2 million agreement to purchase the Misys Laboratory comprehensive information management solution suite. Under terms of the contract, USA Health System purchased Misys Laboratory and Blood Bank and Microbiology Modules, CoPathPlus from Misys anatomic pathology system, and expanded outreach functions.

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The high-performance laboratory solutions will streamline and expedite the day-to-day operations of USA Health System's laboratories while providing clinicians immediate access to laboratory and other critical patient specimen data in both acute care and outreach settings. USA Health System is implementing the solutions this spring at its three hospitals: USA Children's & Women's Hospital, USA Knollwood Hospital and USA Medical Center.

According to Becky DeVillier, administrator of USA Children's & Women's Hospital, Misys offered a complete product package that met all of USA Health System's laboratory automation needs. "Finding a primary vendor like Misys with all the right technology components was an important factor in our extensive selection process", she stated.

Misys' application interface capabilities and multi-site reach capabilities further affirmed USA Health System's selection of Misys Laboratory. "Misys' proven interfacing expertise along with Misys Laboratory's inherent ability to provide laboratory data processing across multiple hospital and clinic sites supports our strategic goal of streamlining enterprise operations as we move to a wireless platform", stated Becky DeVillier. "With Misys Laboratory, we can capture information from the hospital system and automatically exchange laboratory generated data that includes inpatient, outpatient and outreach billing."

USA Health System plans to supplement its diagnostic testing volume and revenue by launching an outpatient (commercial) business, serving as the testing hub for associated physician practices. For example, USA Medical Center's annual volume of clinical lab tests is 200.000 and is expected to increase up to 4 percent over the next year. And, USA Children's & Women's Hospital expects to increase its lab testing as well.

"A primary goal is to expand our reference lab programme with particular focus on USA Children's & Women's Hospital, where we serve a unique patient population and are realizing tremendous growth and success in recruiting top physicians", stated Becky DeVillier.

"Misys' 25-year outstanding track record in the laboratory business, superior technical functionality that scales and adapts to various hospital and outpatient settings and our award-winning client support affirmed by the no. 1 KLAS ranking corroborate our position as the leading clinical laboratory systems provider", stated Andrew Lawson, president of Misys Healthcare Systems' Hospital Systems.

University of South Alabama Health System, from its beginning, has played a central role in Mobile's medical history, and today continues this long tradition of excellence in education, research, and medical care. Comprised of the USA Hospitals, and the private practice of academic physicians affiliated with the USA College of Medicine, the USA Health System provides patients with many unique and innovative services.

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 news on Misys is available in this VMW issue's article POH Medical Center in Pontiac goes live with Misys CPR system.


Leslie Versweyveld

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