Thomson Micromedex teams with Geisinger Health System to advance evidence-based decision support solutions

Greenwood Village 10 April 2006Thomson Micromedex, part of the Thomson Corporation, has signed an alliance with Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania, to develop comprehensive evidence-based order sets - medication instructions and treatment options - that health care organisations can use to standardize and improve patient care, quality, outcomes and efficiencies.

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Through this collaboration, Micromedex will acquire a substantial collection of proven inpatient order sets from Geisinger, an expert and pioneer in patient care, clinical translation, outcomes research and education. The two businesses will then collaborate on projects that integrate these established proven medical protocols with evidence-based clinical knowledge solutions. The new product, Micromedex Order Sets, will address health care organisations' needs for detailed instructions and treatment options that reflect current standards, medical evidence, and quality and regulatory initiatives for the most frequent hospital and emergency department diagnoses, procedures and complaints.

The 3400-plus hospitals in Canada and the United States currently using Micromedex knowledge products can apply Micromedex Order Sets work flow capabilities to maintain a clinically consistent knowledge base. Micromedex Order Sets also will include a customization tool that links to a variety of Micromedex evidence-based clinical decision support modules - summary drug, lab and disease, patient education, and integrated hospital formularies - to help health care organisations adapt and individualize the product to their own hospital policies and procedures.

"Geisinger's clinical experience and expertise in clinical translation and electronic health record utilization complement Micromedex knowledge solutions", stated Ronald A. Paulus, M.D., M.B.A., Geisinger's chief health information technology venture officer. "This new solution supports institutions striving to deliver customizable and flexible patient care through an optimally integrated clinical work flow. The combination of our best practices and Micromedex clinical content addresses customer needs to decrease the time it takes to research, create, and maintain updated Order Sets that facilitate the delivery of evidence-based care in a safe, reliable and efficient manner."

Hospitals are under increasing pressure from consumer safety advocates, health quality authorities and regulatory agencies to improve the quality of health care delivery. For example, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 100.000 Lives Campaign asks United States hospitals to commit to changes that would improve patient care and prevent avoidable deaths. Micromedex Order Sets will help health care professionals reach their goals. They are written in compliance with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

"Together, Thomson Micromedex and Geisinger Health System will provide powerful, easy-to-use evidence-based clinical knowledge to help health care providers improve outcomes, as well as meet and maintain high quality standards", stated Jay Katzen, vice president of marketing and product development, Thomson Micromedex. "This alliance also supports our strategic commitment to provide point-of-care work flow tools that help drive improved enterprise performance."

Micromedex Order Sets will be available as a standalone solution for pre-integration, and to help ease the transition to an integrated setting, and as an integrated solution for computerized physician order entry (CPOE).

Geisinger Health System is the foremost and largest rural health care provider in the United States. Founded in 1912, it has evolved into one of the nation's leading fully integrated health care providers. Serving more than two million residents throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania, the physician-led organisation is at the forefront of the country's rapidly emerging electronic health records movement. With three major regional medical centres and a 650-member group practice, the pioneering system is home to the industry's pre-eminent not-for-profit rural HMO and the renowned Center for Health Research and Rural Advocacy, dedicated to creating innovative new models for patient care, satisfaction and clinical outcomes. Geisinger Ventures is the Health System's development and commercialization arm, designed to leverage Geisinger's experience in clinical translation, outcomes research and electronic health records.

The Thomson Corporation (TOC), with 2005 revenues of $8,70 billion, is a global expert in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. Thomson provides value-added information, software tools and applications to more than 20 million users in the fields of scientific research, health care, law, tax, accounting, financial services, higher education, reference information, and corporate e-learning and assessment. Thomson, with operational headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, has approximately 40.000 employees and provides services in approximately 130 countries.

Thomson Micromedex, a part of Thomson Scientific and Healthcare, is the premier global provider of integrated clinical knowledge solutions that are delivered to clinicians whenever and wherever needed. More company news is available in the VMW March 2006 article Thomson Micromedex and MercuryMD partner to improve patient outcomes by integrating clinical decision support into physicians' work flows.


Leslie Versweyveld

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