Georgetown University Medical Center selects Sun Microsystems and InstantDx for RHIO initiative and new integrated learning laboratory

Washington D.C. 07 September 2005Georgetown University Medical Center, specialized in health care technology research and physician education, has selected Sun and InstantDx, a pioneer in e-prescribing, for its regional health information network (RHIO) initiative. This initiative is designed to support the goals and objectives publicly declared by the United States Department of Health & Human Services to help adopt a nationwide interoperable health information network to create electronic health records for all Americans.

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By using the Sun Java Integration Suite, formerly the SeeBeyond ICAN Suite, to integrate its existing network of electronic health record (EHR) systems, Georgetown will be able to share critical information in a secure and physician-centred environment. In parallel, InstantDx will provide its e-prescribing solution - OnCallData, which will enable electronic prescriptions and refill requests in real time at the point of care to streamline the prescription-writing process, improve safety, and save valuable time. Combining an intuitive, interoperable EHR and e-prescribing solution with the functionality to streamline physician work flow on a regional scale is a cornerstone of the industry's effort to help reduce medical errors, improve patient care and reduce care delivery costs.

"With a proven ability to drive collaboration between the private and public sectors through data standards, interoperability and regional health information organisations, we are confident that Sun along with InstantDx will deliver long-term strategic value", stated Dr. Stephen Ray Mitchell, Dean of Georgetown University School of Medicine. "It is our plan to pioneer the integration of this capability into our newly-created Integrated Learning Center as part of our CAMELOTT project to teach disease management using digital EHR, e-prescribing, evidence management linked to standard patients and teaching patients beginning in our preclinical medical school curriculum. With Sun and InstantDX we will use the functionality provided to teach the new generation of practising physicians. This type of system applied across an entire regional system in a RHIO model will be instrumental for advancing health information sharing nationwide and help provide improved health care through unified single-patient views, longitudinal patient medical records and the electronic prescribing of medication."

The selection by Georgetown underscores the importance of the role that Sun and InstantDx are playing to help shape the new national framework as they look to educate the next generation of physicians through providing students, health care providers and researchers with electronic health records. Technologies such as the Sun Java Enterprise System and Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) are designed to provide support to a National Health Information Network (NHIN) of interoperable systems.

"Connecting Georgetown's disparate information systems to allow for the sharing of health information electronically between health care providers in the community enables all participants to realize increased value from their investment in an EHR and is a critical step toward creating a unified National Health Information Network (NHIN) for exchanging patient information", stated Wayne Owens, director, Integration Platforms, Sun Microsystems. "Further, patients are rewarded with safer and contiguous care that reduces unnecessary medical expenditures."

"We commend Georgetown in furthering its leadership role in creating real-time interoperability between the physicians' practice management systems, payer systems and electronic medical records, as this is essential in the e-prescribing system and in helping both physician practices and hospitals evolve to a connected, automated and paperless environment", added Dr. Allan Weinstein, chairman and chief executive officer, InstantDx.

As part of this RHIO initiative, Georgetown University School of Medicine will also bring this technology to its newly created Integrated Learning Center, which is a wireless, Web-enabled clinical environment where the next clinical generation of health care change agents - medical students - can use Sun and InstantDx technology to practise the use of just-in-time technologies critical to rapidly changing health care demands. This reality-based learning laboratory will immerse medical students early in their education in a technology-enabled, multi-disciplinary environment that simulates the radically more efficient and effective practice setting that they will encounter or create upon graduation.

The technology-enriched environment will enable learnings of e-technology communications, e-prescribing, evidence-based medicine tools, and utilization of electronic health records integrated with both the basic science and clinical studies curriculum. Educational modules will be created for high-impact diseases such as diabetes, asthma, congestive heart failure, cancer, and infectious diseases. Also these learnings will be enhanced through ShareStream, a multimedia-streaming company, that enables real-time delivery of multimedia medical information integrated into the university environment.

More news about Sun and InstantDX can be found in this VMW issue's article Sun Microsystems and InstantDx to provide first physician-based national health record.


Leslie Versweyveld

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