IBM and Misys Healthcare Systems deliver prescription for streamlined electronic patient data management

Raleigh 29 August 2006IBM and Misys Healthcare Systems have introduced a new solution for small and medium-sized physicians' offices and clinics that will enable real-time access to crucial patient data. The IBM and Misys Express Solution for Healthcare Providers increases clinical decision support through the automation of many routine medical records management tasks, allowing physicians' practices to focus on patient care.

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The solution complements the current operations of small and medium-sized physicians' offices and enables a familiar work flow and processes that decrease staff training time; delivers a faster return on investment for the practice and help improve the quality of patient care.

The IBM and Misys Express Solution for Healthcare Providers helps practices:

  • Increase clinical decision support and automated scheduling and billing
  • Boost staff productivity and employee satisfaction
  • Improve reporting and financial operations
  • Adhere to full compliance with government regulations and privacy requirements
  • Easily access patient information at the point of care
  • Increase patient satisfaction with the clinician office

Today's announcement extends both companies' commitment to addressing the needs of small and medium-sized physicians in the health care space. The IBM and Misys Express Solution for Healthcare Providers represents efforts by IBM to address top-of-mind health care challenges, delivering solutions and innovations that increase the effectiveness of patient care and enable physicians to focus on providing world-class medical care to their patients.

"Collaborative solutions like this one from IBM and Misys, allow us to bring solutions to market with our business partners that are Built on Express and thus tailored for mid-market clients", stated Elaine Case, Director, Offerings Portfolio and Influencer Initiatives. "Built on Express solutions combine the skills, applications, and services capabilities and offerings from our thousands of business partners with specifically designed IBM Express offerings for the mid-market. Together, we ensure our customers receive a variety of solutions designed for their businesses."

Pediatric Associates of North Texas is just one practice that traditionally handled patient records manually, the way doctors have for years. Previously, patients' paper charts were handled hand-to-hand - doctor to nurse to administrator - and back again as follow-up required. This type of system requires a significant amount of administrative time and expense to simply move or locate a chart before actual care can begin. In addition, this type of traditional records management system may result in overlooked data and delays or may hinder a doctor's ability to view comprehensive patient history in real-time during a visit.

"Providing patients with quality care is our number one goal", stated Dr. Carolyn Ashworth of Pediatric Associates. "The IBM and Misys Express Solution for Healthcare Providers saves us valuable time, and significantly reduces costs, so our focus is on the patient, not on administrative processes."

This solution gives small and medium-sized physicians' offices and clinics the ability to function as a "paperlite" office by implementing a suite of applications from Misys Healthcare Systems, including Misys Vision, Misys Tiger, Misys EMR, as well as Internet-based financial management software applications and related services from Payerpath, a Misys company. These applications are combined with IBM System p5 Express servers, storage and middleware including the IBM System p5 Express servers with the IBM AIX 5L operating system, IBM system x236 server with the Microsoft Windows operating system, the IBM Informix Dynamic Server database, the Lenovo ThinkPad tablet PC, and optional IBM System Storage products.

"By teaming with IBM to offer the IBM and Misys Express Solution for Healthcare Providers, we can help physicians convert to a paperlite office to provide superior patient care through reliable clinical automation and secure sharing of electronic medical records amongst lab, imaging facilities and pharmacies", stated Rob Kill, President of the Physician Systems business unit at Misys Healthcare Systems.

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. 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.

Misys plc is one of the world's largest and longest-established providers of industry-specific software. Founded in 1979, Misys serves the international banking and health care industries, combining technological expertise with in-depth understanding of customers' markets and operational needs. In banking Misys is a market leader with over 1200 customers, including 49 of the world's top 50 banks. In health care Misys is also a market leader, serving more than 110.000 physicians in 18.000 practice locations, 1200 hospitals and 600 home care providers. Through Sesame, a wholly-owned subsidiary, the company is also a provider of support services to financial advisers in the United Kingdom. Misys employs around 6000 people who serve customers in more than 120 countries. More company news is available in the VMW August 2006 article Misys Healthcare Systems receives approval from Highmark eHealth Collaborative Initiative.


Leslie Versweyveld

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