Bethesda Memorial Hospital and Virginia Mason Medical Center Web sites go live with MEDSEEK solutions

Solvang 19 June 2006MEDSEEK, a provider of enterprise e-health solutions, with over 500 hospital clients nationwide, has launched two client Web sites. Bethesda Memorial Hospital, a 390-bed, not-for-profit hospital in Boynton Beach, Florida, and Virginia Mason Medical Center, a 336-bed acute-care hospital in Seattle, Washington, selected MEDSEEK's comprehensive solutions to connect patients and their families on-line.

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"MEDSEEK was able to meet Virginia Mason Medical Center's requirements to enable departments and locations to share provider and service information, which is critical to us since the hospital has multiple regional clinics, requiring providers to travel to different facilities for various services", explained Isaac Phillips, program manager, communication at Virginia Mason. "In addition, we wanted a unique and appealing design that was not clinical or typical for a hospital. MEDSEEK delivered a design to set us apart."

Bethesda Memorial Hospital also launched its new Web site using MEDSEEK's Content Management System and Marketing Services, plus ADAM's Community Health Option, which lets users link to a database of medical terms and information on diseases. According to Lisa Kronhaus, the hospital's director of public relations, "We looked at several vendors and felt that MEDSEEK would best meet our needs, in part because their module design is easy to understand and use. On top of that, the implementation team was extremely responsive and dependable during the building phase, which went smoothly and cohesively. To the hospital, that counted for a lot."

MEDSEEK's rapid portal development technology includes SiteMaker, a content management system that enables Web developers and content managers to create and maintain robust Web sites that engage stakeholders across the enterprise. Users easily can change and maintain their own Web content with pre-programmed design templates and functional modules such as events management systems and newsletters. Created specifically for the health care industry's Web communication needs, MEDSEEK's comprehensive PortalMaker E technology is well suited for companies that exchange health, clinical and/or business information with providers, patients and patients' families.

Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and speciality care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care Seattle hospital. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health programme for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research centre, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

Bethesda Memorial Hospital is a 390-bed, community, not-for-profit hospital located in Boynton Beach, Florida. With 500 physicians in more than 40 areas of speciality, and a hospital staff of more than 2000 employees, Bethesda Memorial Hospital, and its affiliates, offer a full array of health care services, including medical, surgical, diagnostic and therapeutic services on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Solvang, California-based MEDSEEK provides health care organisations with on-line content management technology for more efficient communication and interaction among institutions, caregivers and patients. MEDSEEK's software application, developed specifically for health care and the Web, creates the infrastructure for more powerful internet, intranet and portal solutions. With a library of over 100 proven application interfaces, MEDSEEK also provides clinical integration, leveraging existing HIS applications to function as the central viewpoint for all patient data. MEDSEEK, which has been recognized on Deloitte & Touche's Los Angeles Technology Fast 50 list for four consecutive years, has more than 500 installed hospital clients, including Henry Ford Health System, Advocate Health, Pediatrix Medical Group and the Cleveland Clinic.


Leslie Versweyveld

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