Spectrum Laboratory Network selects Thomson Healthcare for anytime, anywhere delivery of patient and laboratory data

Research Triangle Park 22 January 2007Spectrum Laboratory Network, a full-service regional clinical laboratory, will deploy Mercury across its affiliated network of hospitals in North Carolina and Tennessee. With these solutions from Thomson Healthcare, Spectrum's physician clients will be able to access critical laboratory results and patient information faster and more conveniently, helping them to make better decisions at the point of care.


Spectrum processes more than 11.000 laboratory orders a day for in-patient and out-patient medical care. With Mercury from Thomson Healthcare, more than 20.000 doctors in the network will have immediate access to test results and all laboratory data relevant to a given patient via a smartphone or PDA, regardless of location. This service will also be available to all independent physicians and physician groups within Spectrum's five-state market.

"Aggressive use of information technology is a fundamental strategy that lets us continually add to the value that our network delivers to patients and physicians - improving the quality of patient care, decreasing response times to lab results, and reducing costs and medical errors", stated Nate Headley, president and chief executive officer, Spectrum Laboratory Network. "Seventy percent of decisions that physicians make are based on lab results. With Mercury from Thomson Healthcare, those results are delivered to doctors quickly, wherever those doctors happen to be when the results are available. By un-tethering the doctor from the computer terminal we are delivering our lab results to clinicians at the point of care - resulting in better, timelier and more cost-effective clinical decisions."

Doctors can access the service by having it installed by Spectrum representatives on their smart phones or PDAs for continuity of patient care. All data is encrypted and password protected to protect patient privacy.

"Spectrum has one of the best reputations in the laboratory industry and we are delighted to be working with them to improve how physicians access the information they need to deliver the best care to their patients", stated Jay Katzen, senior vice president, Thomson Healthcare. "Spectrum's physician customers will have direct wireless access to their patients' lab and test results anytime, anywhere there is internet or mobile connectivity. We look forward to working with them to ensure they experience immediate benefits of accessing real-time information with unprecedented speed, saving them time and money, while reducing the possibility of errors."

Spectrum Laboratory Network is a full-service regional medical laboratory headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina. Spectrum provides laboratory services for three major health systems in North Carolina including High Point Regional Health System and Moses Cone Health System as well as in Tennessee to include the four-hospital Wellmont Healthcare system. In addition, Spectrum markets its laboratory testing services to physicians, hospitals, home health agencies, insurance companies, and health care clinics throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia.

Spectrum, noted for providing superb customer service reflecting its extensive hospital relationships, has sustained extraordinary annual growth rates for more than six years to become the leading regional laboratory services provider in the Southeast. With over 1200 employees, Spectrum presently serves its clients from multiple locations across the five-state market areas. The consolidation of laboratories of the three major Hospital Health systems has given Spectrum the opportunity to lower health care costs while expanding its comprehensive services.

The Thomson Corporation is a global expert in providing essential electronic work flow solutions to business and professional customers. With operational headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, Thomson provides value-added information, software tools and applications to more than 20 million users in the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, scientific research and health care. More company news is available in this VMW issue's article Thomson and A.D.A.M. partner to provide best-in-class consumer health information for health care organisations.

Leslie Versweyveld

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